Woman dies after downtown Denver office
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[June 30, 2016]
By Keith Coffman
DENVER (Reuters) - A woman who was shot
inside a downtown Denver office building this week, triggering a massive
police response, has died, gunned down by her estranged husband who then
committed suicide, police said on Wednesday.
The 53-year-old victim had recently filed for divorce from her
husband, who hunted her down at her workplace on Tuesday, shooting
her multiple times, Denver Police Commander Ron Saunier told a news
"He came there with the intent of getting the victim," Saunier said,
adding that when police officers arrived at the scene, the
58-year-old gunman had killed himself.
Denver's Office of the Medical Examiner identified the dead as Cara
Russell and her husband Mickey Russell.
Cara Russell, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds, was taken to a
local hospital following the shooting where she was later pronounced
dead, Saunier said.
When reports of an active shooter surfaced at midafternoon on
Tuesday, SWAT officers and other first responders converged on the
Alliance Center in the city's bustling lower downtown area.
Cara Russell was the executive director of the Colorado Association
for Recycling, an organization that has office space inside the
building, according to Center spokesman Andy Boian. The Center is
home to 49 separate organizations, many of which focus on
Local TV footage showed office workers fleeing with their hands
above their heads as they were evacuated from the building around
the time of Tuesday's shooting.
Saunier said the massive police response is standard procedure when
there are reports of an active shooter, especially in Colorado which
has experienced several mass shootings in recent years.
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Police vehicles sit at 15th and Wynkoop, after an active shooter was
reported and police secured the scene, in Denver, Colorado, U.S.
June 28, 2016. Denver Police Department/ Handout via REUTERS
Investigators have learned that the gunman, who lived in the
mountain town of Buena Vista, Colorado, was emotionally unstable and
there were “rumblings” that he could harm his wife, Saunier said,
but he had no criminal record.
The Denver Post newspaper reported that Cara Russell had previously
served as Buena Vista's mayor before working for the environmental
(Reporting by Keith Coffman in Denver; Additional reporting by
Curtis Skinner; Editing by Matthew Lewis and Andrew Hay)
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