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CSPD Arrests University Student in Connection to Shooting Incident at a Campus Dorm

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A mugshot of Nicholas Jordan
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Authorities announced on Monday that a student at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs had been arrested. This was in connection with the shooting deaths of two individuals at a campus dorm room over the weekend.

Nicholas Jordan, 25, of Detroit, has been identified as the suspect in the shooting deaths at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He is facing two counts of first-degree murder, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department.

University spokesperson Jenna Press confirmed that Jordan was enrolled at the school at the time of the shooting last Friday. According to police, Nicholas Jordan was spotted by officers from the motor vehicle theft unit in a car less than three miles from the campus on Monday morning. He was subsequently arrested without incident shortly afterward.

The department identified the victims as Samuel Knopp, a 24-year-old student at the university, and Celie Rain Montgomery, 26, who was not enrolled in the school. The UCCS Police Department responded to a call after shots were heard at Crestone House, an on-campus dormitory, around 6 a.m. Friday. Upon arrival, police discovered two deceased individuals in the room where shots were fired.

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University police sought assistance from the city police, who assumed control of the investigation. The university campus was locked down for several hours last Friday while authorities assessed the situation. Law enforcement officials are still conducting investigations but have ruled out the possibility of a murder-suicide.

“Investigative efforts so far continue to indicate this is an isolated incident between parties that were known to one another and not a random attack against the school or other students at the university,” city police said.

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The university remained closed over the weekend, and classes were canceled on Monday. However, despite the closure, dozens of participants took a memorial walk at the school. The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has a student body of over 11,000 and nearly 2,000 faculty and staff members.

“As we mourn the loss of Samuel Knopp and Celie Montgomery, my hope is that we will come together as a community, support one another and share in our grief. Please remember that you are not alone,” Chancellor Jennifer Sobanet wrote in an email to students.

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Sobanet said Knopp was “a senior studying music and a beloved member of the Visual and Performing Arts department.” “He was an accomplished guitar player and an extremely talented musician,” she said. Although Montgomery was not a student, she will be “mourned by our campus community,” Sobanet said.

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The fatal shooting occurred just a week after another tragic incident on campus. According to The Scribe, UCCS’ student newspaper, nursing student Mia Brown passed away on the night of February 12 after experiencing a medical emergency at the campus rec center.

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