Authorities announced this weekend that the fatal shooting of John Jacoby earlier this month has been linked to the Colorado shootings last month in which one driver was hit in the neck. A reward of $10,000 is now offered for any information that leads to the arrest of the suspect.
USA Today reports that drivers are on edge in Windsor, Colorado after Jacoby, 48, was shot down while bicycling down a country road on May 18. Jacoby was shot twice and killed, making it the first homicide in the small town of Windsor in more than seven years.
Last month, 20-year-old Cori Romero was driving on Interstate 25 in Larimer County when she was shot in the neck. This incident happened only five miles from the spot where Jacoby was killed. Romero, luckily, survived.
After piecing information together, Colorado authorities announced on Friday that the two shootings were connected. According to Chief John Michaels of the Windsor Police Department, enough evidence was found to indicate that the two incidents are definitely linked.
“This week we did recover evidence that links these two shootings together.”
Michaels can’t give information on what the evidence found consists of. He stated the information is confidential for now in order to protect the solidity of the case. However, he stresses that all drivers should remain aware and vigilant at all times, and report any strange activity to police.
“The public needs to be vigilant. They need to be observant and if they see any suspicious activity, report it to your local law enforcement so we can investigate it.”
Jacoby’s shooting is an unexpected and unwelcome surprise for the residents of Windsor, which consists of only around 19,000 people. Additionally, the uncertainty of both shootings makes the tragedies even worse. Jacoby and Romero were not related, nor did they know each other. While the shootings are connected, there also seems to be randomness when choosing victims.
Several car windows were blown out last month, close to the same area in Larimer County where Romero was shot. Michaels, however, indicates that they are still not linking the windows to the other shootings at this point.
“I know there have been a lot of broken windows on I-25, car windows. Those have not been linked to this event. It’s not that they have been discounted either. The investigation into those incidents is still ongoing, and it’s something we will continue to review.”
Meanwhile, anyone with any information on the Colorado shootings should call 911 immediately. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to the arrest of the person or people responsible.
[Photos Courtesy of Morgan Spiehs/The Coloradoan and CNN]