Minnesotan among dead in Colo. shootings
A Chisholm, Minn., woman was one of two people killed around 12:30 a.m. Sunday when a gunman walked into Youth With a Mission in Arvada, Colo., and opened fire.
Tiffany Johnson, 26, was killed in the Denver suburb, along with Philip Crouse, 24, of Alaska, according to the Arvada Police Department. Two men were injured.
The gunman fled on foot and is still missing, according to police. It’s unknown yet if another shooting at a church in Colorado Springs just hours later was related to this shooting.
According to The Associated Press, Youth With a Mission has a small office on the New Life Church campus, where the other shooting took place, but police did not say whether there was a link between the two incidents.
The two injured men, ages 22 and 23, were wounded and one is in critical condition, according to police spokeswoman Susan Medina. They were also staff members.
According to a close family friend, Carla Macynski, Johnson was born in Hibbing, Minn., and raised in Chisholm. She joined Youth with a Mission after graduating from Anoka-Ramsey Community College, traveling to Egypt, Libya and South Africa as a missionary student.
Johnson became a staff member with Youth With a Mission’s Colorado office about a year and a half ago, where she was the director of hospitality.
According to its Web site, Youth With a Mission is a worldwide organization founded in 1960 that teaches youth around the world to become missionaries.
The New York Times said the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were assisting in the investigation.
The Pioneer Press has The Associated Press’s article, while the Star Tribune has their own reporting.
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