Shooting at Jehovahs Witnesses congregation in Thornton, police say

Thornton police say two adults are dead and a hazmat team is investigating a suspicious device after law enforcement agencies responded to a shooting at the Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation at 951 Milky Way on Christmas morning

“The investigation is still active, witnesses being interviewed, scene being examined,” Thornton police said on Twitter. “…Still no known threats to the Thornton community.”

Luis Sanchez lives across the street and heard two gunshots Sunday morning. He said he looked outside to see a woman lying on the ground outside.

“It’s very sad” he said. “It’s Christmas.”

Adams County sheriff’s Sgt. Adam Sherman earlier confirmed that Thornton police responded to a shooting. He said he did not have additional details Sunday morning.

Thornton police tweeted at 10:30 a.m. Sunday that they were investigating a homicide at the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Kingdom Hall, but that “there is no active threat.”

There was a large police, fire and ambulance presence in the area Sunday morning — including the Adams County Sheriff’s Office’s Hazardous Materials Unit, according to Thornton police.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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