WINDSOR, Colo. - Two random attacks in Northern Colorado -- the fatal shooting of the Windsor cyclist and the shooting of a woman driving on Interstate 25 -- are linked, Windsor police said on Friday.
John Jacoby, 48, was shot and killed on the morning of May 18 while riding his bike north of Windsor, on County Road 15, just south of County Road 72.
Cori Romero, a Milliken woman, was shot in the neck while she was driving on Interstate 25, near Harmony Road, on the night of April 22. She survived and has been released from the hospital.
"This week we did recover evidence that links these two shootings together," Windsor Police Chief John Michaels said at an afternoon news conference. He would not disclose what type of evidence was recovered but sources confirmed to 7NEWS that there is a ballistics link between the two shootings.
"No other cases have been linked to this shooting [that killed the bicyclist]," Michaels said. "I know there have been a lot of broken windows on I-25, car windows. Those have not been linked to this event. It's not that they have been discounted either. The investigation into those incidents is still ongoing, and it's something we will continue to review."
Since April, there have been at least nine reports of vehicle windows shattering while drivers were on I-25 in Weld and Larimer counties. One such vehicle was a Larimer County Sheriff's Office passenger van that was transporting inmates. The van's right passenger window shattered and deputies said the damage to the window was consistent with that caused by a projectile designed to break glass.
Another driver who had his front driver's side windows shattered while he was on Weld County Road 49, somewhere between County Road 24 and County Road 26, reported to police that he believed he was shot at, although he was not injured.
Loveland police said a man was driving east on East Eisenhower Boulevard approaching North Cleveland Ave when he heard a "pop" as his car went through the intersection. Officers said the rear window on the man's car was shattered, but still in the window frame.
The FBI has offered a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shootings.
"The public needs to be vigilant," Michaels said. "They're now aware of what's going on out there. They need to be observant. If they see any suspicious activity, report it to local law enforcement so we can investigate. The public will be the biggest assistance we can get."
He asked anyone who was on County Road 15 on May 18, between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., to come forward. He said investigators know that there were motorists in the area when the cyclist was shot.
"Our priority, of course, is with our victims, John and Cori. We will work diligently to resolve these issues as quickly as possible," Michaels said.
There is no indication that the victims knew each other.
"They appear to be random (shootings)," Michaels said. However, he wouldn't say if he believes a "sniper" is on the loose.
The FBI joined the investigation after Jacoby was killed and is now part of the task force examining the shootings. Other members of the task force include the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, the Weld County Sheriff's Office, the Windsor Police Department and representatives from the district attorney's office.