Authorities in Windsor, Colorado, have linked two unsolved shootings
John Jacoby, 48, was fatally shot while riding his bicycle, police say
Cori Romero, 20, was shot through her neck while driving her car
People in Windsor got really nervous when John Jacoby was killed.
Jacoby, a 48-year-old employee of the north central Colorado town, was found dead May 18 beside beside a country road, his bicycle nearby. He’d been shot twice – the first homicide in Windsor in eight years.
“It’s like crazy, it’s just like he was just here yesterday, and the next day he’s just gone,” resident Anthony Braun told CNN affiliate KDVR.
The community was already anxious.
About a month earlier, Cori Romero, 20, was driving when somebody shot her through the neck on an I-25 entrance ramp – about five miles from the spot where Jacoby was killed. She survived.
On top of that, police said about two dozen windows had mysteriously been broken on vehicles in several locations – but investigators have no evidence that the windows were shot out.
On Friday, local authorities said the Jacoby and Romero shootings were connected.
“This week we did recover evidence that links these two shootings together,” Windsor Police Chief John Michaels said at a press conference.
He wouldn’t talk about what kind of evidence, saying he needed to protect the integrity of the investigation. Michaels also said investigators had not been able to connect the broken vehicle windows to the two shootings.
“The public needs to be vigilant,” he said. “They need to be observant and if they see any suspicious activity, report it to your local law enforcement so we can investigate it.”
Jacoby was a member of the biking community in Windsor, a town of about 19,000, and a part-time park caretaker for the town government.
“Somebody robbed our city of one of the finest hearts that was in it,” local radio personality Brian Gary told CNN affiliate KCNC. “Everyone knows him as that smiling part of Windsor.”
Jacoby was killed on County Road 15 about 10 a.m., police said. A motorist found him lying beside the road. No buildings are within sight of the spot where he was killed and no witnesses have come forward.
Jacoby and Romero were not acquainted, police said.
Romero told CNN affiliate KDVR that she was taking the ramp onto I-25 the night of April 22 when a car pulled up beside her vehicle. She said the car window shattered and she called 911 – not realizing she’d been shot.
“The paramedics arrived,” she told KDVR, “and they took a look at the wound and they started telling people to leave because it was considered a crime scene, which didn’t really register with me.”
The bullet had passed clean through her neck. She said she underwent surgery and is now back home.
“I will move on from this,” she said. “I’m just trying to not let it get to me.”
In Windsor, many still have questions.
“Who did it?” Tom Carter, one of Jacoby’s co-workers told KCNC. “Is it the same guy who’s been picking off cars? Is it a copy cat? It’s frightening.”