A mother and daughter were killed and two others were wounded by gunfire at a rural school in the northern Colorado town of Provo in what the county coroner called a “brutal and senseless” crime.
The shooting happened early Sunday morning at Knox County Schools, a privately funded, privately run charter school for kindergarten through sixth grade.
Officials say a 25-year-old woman and her 16-year old daughter were fatally shot, while a 14-year and 16-old girl were wounded.
Officials say the two girls were shot at the school.
They have not released their names.
Local officials said the victim’s son was at home when the shooting happened.
Police Chief Joe Hildebrandt said the school was a “family friendly” facility and that he and the superintendent had been working to bring the facility up to code, but were frustrated with the lack of progress.
“There was a lot of frustration that we were not making progress,” he said.
“The children were coming in and out and being able to come and play with their friends.
It was just sad.
It’s just a sad day.”
He added that it’s “a sad day for all of us.”
Hildebrandts said the county board of education would meet at 6 p.m.
Monday to discuss the incident.
The board will also hold a meeting of the local NAACP, which is calling for the immediate closure of the school, as well as the firing of the teachers involved.
The district announced a curfew is in place from 5 p.l. to 7 p.s.m., and it has put on a temporary lockdown.
The school is located about 75 miles north of Denver, where three elementary schools were closed early Saturday after a fatal shooting by a teacher on Wednesday.
Provo was the site of an earlier shooting on Friday, which was also fatal, by a man who was also in the school as a teacher.
A fourth school, which had been open since the beginning of the year, reopened at about 5 p:m.
on Saturday after being shut down until 5 a.m on Friday.