Man arrested in shooting that killed 1 near Colorado State University |

Man arrested in shooting that killed 1 near Colorado State University

Alan Gathright and Bill Scanlon
Rocky Mountain News
Ft. Collins, CO Colorado

FT. COLLINS, Colorado “-A 21-year-old Loveland man was arrested today in connection with a Monday night’s triple shooting at an apartment complex near CSU in Fort Collins.

The gunfire left one man dead and two others hospitalized.

Joshua Douglas Renn was arrested without incident at a Loveland home about 8:15 a.m., Fort Collins police spokeswoman Rita Davis said in statement.

A 30-year-old man died of gunshot wounds, Davis said.

The two other male victims, one in his 50s and the other 36 years old, were taken to the Medical Center of the Rockies for treatment of gun shot wounds.

None of the victims’ identities have been released.

“While the motive remains under investigation, police have confirmed that the shooting was not random and that the victims and the suspect had some previous relationship,” Davis said.

Renn is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder, she added. Police are withholding Renn’s booking mug until they’ve conducted photo lineups with witnesses.

Despite his relatively young age, the 5-foot-5, 140-pound Renn has a long criminal history, including four felony drug arrests, resisting and fleeing from police, escaping from custody, and felony weapon possession by an offender, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation crime database.

He was sentenced to four years in state prison in March 2007, but appeared to be free on probation until September 2011, according to the Colorado Department of Corrections.

The swift police arrest brought relief to neighbors in the apartment complex.

“That’s awesome. Oh my gosh that makes me feel so much better,” said Kali Watson, 22, a Front Range Community College student whose apartment is just a few feet from the unit where the shooting happened.

Police received an emergency 911 call from an informant at 10:08 p.m. who reported the shooting had occurred and that three people had been shot at the apartment complex in the 1200 block of University Avenue, Davis said. The shooting scene is just across the street from the Colorado State University campus.

Watson was out playing bingo with friends Monday night when she got an alarmed phone call from her 21-year-old roommate, Shay Allison, saying she’d heard arguing in the neighboring unit and that police were swarming the complex.

The sleeping roommate was awakened by “loud yelling” and what sounded like “stomping around,” Watson recounted.

“She didn’t really think too much of it until she looked out my window … and saw a bunch of cops’ cars. Then she saw a stretcher go by,” Watson said. “She was amazed that there was shooting. She just thought it was a fight.”

Watson said she’d rethought her initial impulse to move because of the violence.

“I still feel pretty safe around here. I do believe that it was a shooting directed toward those people. I don’t think it was just like a wild gunman on the loose,” she added.

“The cops really made us all feel comfortable there,” Watson said. Officers answered the nervous residents’ questions.

“You could tell police were working their hardest to find out what happened,” she said.

The dead man’s identity and cause of death are expected to be released later today, the Larimer County Coroner’s Office said.

“There’s no indication that there’s any connection to CSU at this point,” said university spokeswoman Dell Rae Moellenberg. Students remain on winter break until Jan. 20.

Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Jaclyn Shaklee at 970-221-6575 or Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868.

Crime Stoppers also can be reached at

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