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Colo. police investigating if 65-year-old’s slaying is linked to 2 other shootings

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Posted at 12:41 PM, Jun 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-04 12:43:19-04

Police already believe the unsolved shootings of a motorist and a bicyclist in northern Colorado are connected. Now they’re investigating whether a new outdoor killing is related, too.

A 65-year-old man was found fatally shot, lying on a sidewalk, in the city of Loveland on Wednesday night, the city’s police department said Thursday.

Authorities haven’t said what led to the killing. But they said a task force is investigating whether it’s connected to the other two shootings — a driver was wounded in April, and a bike rider was killed in May. All three incidents happened within roughly 10 miles of each other.

The first two shootings, both unsolved and occurring in or near the city of Windsor, left residents with unnerving questions of who fired the shots, and why.

In April, Cori Romero, 20, was driving when somebody shot her through the neck on an I-25 entrance ramp between Loveland and Windsor. She survived.

On May 18, John Jacoby was found dead beside a country road, his bicycle nearby, just 5 miles from where Romero was shot. Jacoby, 48, of Windsor, had been shot twice — the first homicide in Windsor in eight years.

Windsor police announced on May 29 that they found evidence linking those shootings, but they did not elaborate, saying they needed to protect the integrity of the investigation.

Police also said about two dozen windows had been mysteriously broken on vehicles in several locations, but investigators had no evidence that the windows had been shot out.

“Who did it?” Tom Carter, one of Jacoby’s co-workers, said to CNN affiliate KCNC last month about Jacoby’s death. “Is it the same guy who’s been picking off cars? Is it a copy cat? It’s frightening.”

Jacoby and Romero were not acquainted, police said.

Loveland is about 10 miles southeast of Windsor.