COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man who killed three people near downtown Saturday morning before being shot to death by police.
Deputies identified the shooter as Noah Jacob Harpham, 33, of Colorado Springs. The sheriff’s office originally said Harpham was 32, but later made a correction.
The first shooting happened around 8:45 a.m. Saturday. Police got a call about shots fired at a home in the area of North Prospect Street and East Kiowa Street.
Inside the home, officers found a small fire, believed to be started by the shooter. A deceased man who had been shot was laying in the street. Witnesses said the shooter continued to walk down the street, firing at people he passed.
When police responded to the call, they spotted the suspect, and he took off. During the chase, he began shooting at the officers.
One witness said the chase ended by the Wendy’s near Platte Avenue and Wahsatch Avenue, when the suspect pointed a large rifle at oncoming officers. The officers shot back, hitting Harpham. He was taken to the hospital, where he died.
Just two days before Harpham killed the three people, he posted a YouTube video and also a long article on his blog.
But there was never any warning of the murders he was about to commit.
“Hey folks, this is Noah getting my blog live,” he says in the video.
Later on, Harpham says he will be posting more movies and “dissecting sermons” of the pastor his father follows.
His first post goes into great detail and questions if his dad is involved in a cult.
According to the Associated Press, Harpham was a recovering alcoholic, and when he did drink, he would have violent outbursts.
They say his mother described him as “moody and introverted,” and that Noah “struggled just to live and keep a job.”
Today they released a statement saying, “our family is shocked and deeply saddened by the devastating events that took place in Colorado Springs on Saturday morning. Words cannot express our heartfelt sympathies that go out to the families and friends of the victims. We ask for privacy as our family tries to deal with this tragedy.”
Deputies said there were four Colorado Springs police officers involved in the shooting. None of them were injured.
The officers were put on administrative leave, which is standard procedure after a situation like this. Their names will be released later this week. Deputies said the officers were not wearing body cameras, and their vehicles were not equipped with dash cameras.
The sheriff’s office is investigating the officer-involved shooting. The Colorado Springs Police Department is investigating the deaths of the three people shot by Harpham.
They have been identified as 35-year-old Andrew Myers, 42-year-old Jennifer Vasquez, and 34-year-old Christina Baccus-Gallela.
All three are from Colorado Springs.