No Eric Gray Killing Tie to Possible NoCo Serial Sniper, But New Glass Shattering
The aftermath of the latest window shattering in northern Colorado. Additional images, a video and more below.
Last week, we told you about the late Wednesday, June 3 murder of Bill Connole, 65, near a Loveland street corner.
We also noted that investigators were looking into the possibility that the homicide was tied to the death of Windsor's John Jacoby and the highway shooting of Cori Romero, both of which took place in prior weeks — as have a series of thus-far-unexplained northern Colorado window shatterings that may or may not have a connection to a serial sniper.
Law enforcers have yet to definitively tie the Connole slaying to the Jacoby and Romero incidents — but Loveland police officials are now saying there are enough similarities between the cases to suspect that there may be a link.
Against that backdrop come two more disturbing happenings that took place over the weekend.
First came another killing in Loveland — one that prompted the arrest of Eric Gray.
Larimer County Sheriff's Office representatives firmly believe the crime is not a connected to the NoCo violence cited above.
However, cops are not ready to make such a firm declaration in the case of another window shattering, this one occurring on Interstate 25 in the vicinity of Berthoud.
First, let's tackle the matter involving Gray, which was centered in a Loveland neighborhood near the intersection of East 57th Street and Thomas Court. The area is captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View on Google Maps."
The call came in at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, June 6.
According to the LCSO, a dispatcher was alerted to a shooting in progress in the residential neighborhood.
Responding deputies quickly located the victim, a male not identified at this writing, on the driveway of a home. But medical personnel were unable to revive him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Meanwhile, a man considered to be a suspect — Gray — was spotted inside the house. Verbal communication was established, and after an unspecified amount of time had passed, he agreed to surrender to authorities. He was taken into custody.
As for what happened, LCSO Investigations Lt. John Feyen is quoted as saying, "This unfortunate isolated situation is the result of one neighbor being unable to communicate appropriately with another."
In other words, an argument turned deadly.
Gray, 36, was taken into custody and booked on suspicion of first-degree murder. Here's a look at this booking photo.
Larimer County Sheriff's Office
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Cut to about 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 7. A driver who's asked not to be named was reportedly driving on Interstate 25 near exit 250 when the driver's side window of his vehicle shattered.
Here's one photo from the scene courtesy of 7News....
...and a wider look at the scene:
Not every shattered window in northern Colorado over the past couple of months could have been caused by a gunshot or projectile.
Of 22 reported in April, sixteen were likely the result of "road debris, temperature changes or vibrations."
But that leaves six without explanation — and that's not to mention any that could have taken place during May or June.
The FBI is among the agencies on the case, and 7News reveals that more investigators are being put on the case. Here's a station about the latest glass shattering.Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.