Nov. 15 (News) – Six teenagers were hospitalized on Monday after an incident near a high school in suburban Denver, authorities said.
The victims, ages 14 to 18, were attacked in a park in Aurora, Colorado, about eight miles east of Denver, Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson told reporters.
All injuries did not appear to be life threatening, despite one of the teenagers undergoing emergency surgery, Wilson said.
Several suspects, including some who may have walked, are being searched and are released.
The incident occurred in Nome Park, north of Aurora Central High School, which has been locked down. School officials were the first to respond to the crime scene and provide emergency treatment to the victims, who are all students in the school, the school principal said.
“We need help from the community,” said Wilson, calling the shootings evidence of “a public health crisis” of gun violence across the country.
“Enough is enough. We have to come together as a community,” she said, calling on students, parents or anyone else who has information about the shootings to pass it on anonymously to the police if necessary.