Two adults are dead at a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall in Thorton, Colorado, in what local police are investigating as a homicide.
Witnesses told FOX31 Denver that a person had fired a gun in the parking lot at a member of the Jehovah’s Witness congregation and tried to throw an item “similar in appearance to a pipe bomb” into the building on Christmas morning. A man who lives across the street from the place of worship told The Denver Post that he heard two gunshots and looked outside to see a woman lying on the ground.
Michael Abeyta, a CBS News Colorado reporter, tweeted that one of the Kingdom Hall’s windows was broken; that there was a dead body in the parking lot; and that a “[b]omb robot” had been deployed on the scene.
The Thornton Police Department tweeted that there is no active threat currently, though a “suspicious device” was found and is being evaluated by the Hazardous Materials Unit. An investigation is ongoing and witnesses are being interviewed.
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