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Colorado Moms Demand Action, Everytown Respond to Shooting of Police Officers and Civilians Near Denver

Initial Reports Indicate Five Deputies Shot, One Fatally, and Two Civilians Shot in Connection to Domestic Violence Call in Highlands Ranch, Colorado

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo., – The Colorado chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown for Gun Safety, today issued the following statement in response to reports that five deputies were shot, one fatally, and two civilians were shot in connection to a domestic violence call in a suburb of Denver.

STATEMENT FROM SHANNON WATTS, FOUNDER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA AND RESIDENT OF COLORADO:

“It is beyond tragic that the community of Highlands Ranch, and family and friends of the deputy officer shot and killed today, and six other people who were injured, are reeling from another shooting in America. As we prepare to usher in the New Year, I hope that every single American will resolve to get involved and demand our lawmakers do more to end the gun violence that kills more than 90 Americans every day. It doesn’t have to be this way – gun violence is preventable.”

STATEMENT FROM KARIN ASENSIO, HIGHLANDS RANCH-BASED VOLUNTEER WITH THE COLORADO CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:

“Our hearts are breaking for the family and friends of the law enforcement officials and civilians who were shot, and killed, this morning. This tragedy happened in my neighborhood – less than a mile from my home – and feels deeply personal. It’s another devastating reminder that gun violence can and does happen anywhere. It is my hope that in 2018, elected officials in our state will do more to prevent the gun violence that has become commonplace in our country.”