Screams, shots heard on 911 call amid chase, fatal shooting
COLORADO SPRINGS – Gunshots and screams can be heard on a chilling 911 call made by frantic teens who were being pursued by another teen armed with a shotgun.Authorities released a recording of the eight-minute, 40-second call on Wednesday. It was made on Nov. 5 as a 17-year-old identified by police as Andrew Brown chased down a car carrying five teens. One of the teens was Tiffany Howard, 16, who had just broken up with Brown.Police say Brown rammed his vehicle into the teens’ car and opened fire, killing one and injuring two others before committing suicide. The other two passengers escaped injury.Police said Howard had asked Michael Fisher for a ride because she was worried about what Brown might do. Other passengers were Caleb Moore, Jeremy Vasquez and Robert Ellsworth.The audio tape, posted on the Gazette newspaper’s Web site Thursday, begins with Vasquez calling 911 for help when Brown took up pursuit.”This guy is following us with a shotgun and he’s trying to run us off the road,” Vasquez said as the other teens can be heard yelling.As the dispatcher was guiding Vasquez to a police station, Brown’s vehicle rammed Fisher’s car. Vasquez says, “He’s coming up right next to us now!”Brown fired into the car, critically injuring Vasquez, and the teens began screaming his name.”What did he do? What happened? Hello?” asks the dispatcher. The dinging of a car door opening is followed by the sound of two shots.Police said Brown shot and killed Fisher and beat Howard with the end of his shotgun before committing suicide.Howard suffered a skull fracture. Vasquez remains at Denver Health Medical Center in fair condition. —On the Net: http://www.gazette.com—Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com/
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