ANOTHER COLUMBINE MURDERgreenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
LITTLETON, Colo. (Reuters) - Two Columbine High School sweethearts were found shot to death early on Monday -- Valentine's Day -- at a popular sandwich shop just two blocks from the school, the scene of a 1999 massacre in which 15 people were killed.
A police spokesman said the two, a boy, 15, and a girl, 16, attended Columbine High in the Denver suburb of Littleton. Their bodies were discovered in a Subway sandwich shop just two blocks from the school. The shop is a popular hangout for students, other teenagers and skateboarders.
The teenagers found dead behind the counter of the Subway shop were identified by friends as Stephanie Hart and Nicholas Kunselman, who were dating each other.
J.J. Hodask, who worked with Kunselman at the shop, said the boy had the task of closing the store alone on Sunday night. He had worked there for a month.
Jefferson County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Davis said police were searching for a white male in his early 20s wearing a red jacket and flared pants who was seen leaving the sandwich shop. "It is unknown whether he is a suspect or someone who may have information for us," Davis said.
He said there was no sign of a motive for the killings but added that police were so busy examining the murder scene that they had not "even gotten to the cash register" or checked the video surveillance tape.
The bodies were found at 12:45 a.m. Mountain Time (2:45 a.m. EST/0745 GMT) by a Subway employee who noticed that all the lights in the store were still blazing even though it should have closed hours earlier at 10 p.m.
Davis said police had not been able to enter the sandwich shop to investigate the crime until 7 a.m. because they did not have the necessary search warrant. He did not explain why a warrant was necessary in such a situation.
Police said the crime was being investigated as a double murder and not a murder-suicide. While there was no immediate motive, police said they were probing the possibility that robbery was involved. One of the teens worked at the shop.
Davis said how many times the two were shot and where they were shot would be "an investigative key."
The grim discovery on Valentine's Day shocked Columbine students. One group came to the parking lot of the sandwich shop and wrote on the asphalt in blue chalk, "For God so loved the world he gave his only son so that we shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16).
-- J (email@example.com), February 14, 2000
Something is very weird here. The bodies are found at l2:45 but the police don't investigate until 7:00 and need a search warrant when there are dead bodies? What if they had needed medical attention? This report makes no sense at all.
-- Lucy (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 14, 2000.
Nothing they do in Littleton ever makes any sense.
-- Y2kObserver (Y2kObserver@nowhere.com), February 14, 2000.
-- Hokie (Hokie_@hotmail.com), February 14, 2000.
Very upsetting. If they want to put to rest the conspiracy theories, this is not the way to do it.
-- Mumsie (email@example.com), February 14, 2000.
Don't forget that the Littleton police were cowering in fear when the original massacre happened. Wouldn't surprise me if they were taking that same approach here.
-- X (X@X.com), February 14, 2000.