At about 11:08 p.m. on Friday, July 25, a Colorado State University Police Department officer was alerted about a body in the parking lot of Summit Hall, a residence hall on the university campus.
The CSU police officer arrived on scene at 11:10 p.m. and found an unresponsive male. The officer immediately called for medical assistance, and an additional CSUPD unit also responded. In attempts to revive the individual, officers used CPR and an AED (automated electronic defibrillator) with no response.
Poudre Fire Authority and Poudre Valley Hospital ambulances arrived on scene soon after and also attempted to revive the individual, but determined that he was unresponsive. The unresponsive male was transported to Poudre Valley Hospital by ambulance.
With the support of the Fort Collins Police Department, CSUPD immediately secured the area. CSUPD is processing the area where the body was found as a potential crime scene.
Foul play is suspected; CSUPD believes the deceased is the apparent victim of a gunshot wound. The deceased was not carrying identification. However, the deceased is not believed to be a current CSU student. The victim’s name is not being released at this time, pending notification of family.
CSU Police cannot release additional facts of this ongoing investigation at this point, but believe this was an isolated incident and were able to quickly determine there was no immediate threat or danger to students or guests on campus or residents in the area. Throughout the night and today, CSU and Fort Collins police have maintained large presence in the area. However, police and university staff are working to inform the campus and larger community of the situation. Police are asking those in the community to be extra vigilant at this time and report any suspicious behavior to police.
In addition to immediately securing the area for safety and investigation, police began canvassing the nearby campus and off campus residences. The officers went to residence halls, which are occupied this summer primarily by conference attendees, and off-campus apartments and homes to both notify the neighborhood and seek additional information that could help in the investigation.
A group of youth and young adults were staying on campus as part of a week-long conference. All of those individuals are safe and accounted for.
CSU Police routinely patrol residence halls 24-hours a day in addition to 24-hour patrols of campus and university property. Residence halls additionally have multiple levels of security and require electronic key cards for access.
If any individuals witnessed or heard anything that might be helpful to police in this case, they are asked to contact the CSU Police Department at 970-491-6425.
Additional information will be released as it becomes available.