A Highlands Ranch mom in Colorado allegedly killed her two children in a minivan on Wednesday, and then turned the Glock 9mm handgun she had just purchased an hour before on herself, committing suicide. The woman, Jennifer Marie Laber, 36, first parked the minivan in the loading dock area of a Sports Authority store that had closed, then she allegedly shot her two sons, Ethan, 5 and Adam, 3, one time each before shooting and killing herself.
The Denver Post reported that Lone Tree police spokesman Sgt. Tim Beals said the Highlands Ranch mother had purchased the Glock 9mm handgun legally, on Tuesday at approximately 12:30 p.m. Police said that she passed a background check. She then reportedly picked up her son, Adam, from kindergarten, an hour earlier than the dismissal time.
Laber and her two sons were seen on Tuesday at approximately 1:30 p.m. leaving Bear Canyon Elementary. Witnesses reported that it appeared as though they were all in the 2011 Town & Country minivan in which they were later found. The Glock 9mm semi-automatic handgun was also found in the minivan, according to USA Today.
Police have not yet definitively stated that a case of murder-suicide happened, but Beals said that there are no suspects. He went on to say that investigators have not given any other explanation for how the three may have died.
At a press briefing on Thursday afternoon, Beal said the police were not ready to label the tragedy a murder-suicide yet. That is likely, in part, because The Douglas County Coroner’s Office has not yet given a manner of death for Adam or Ethan. The Douglas County coroner, Jill Romann, said thy need every possible piece of evidence they can find. She went on to say all of the evidence has not been presented yet.
Exactly how they died is still under investigation. Also, it has not yet been definitely proven that the Glock 9mm handgun was used in the shootings of the three family members, though no other weapon has yet been found.
9 News reported that Laber’s husband called the Lone Tree police at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday night to report that his family had not returned home. Laber’s husband is not considered to be a suspect.
It was not until around 12 hours later, according to 9 News, that “a passer-by” noticed Laber’s silver minivan parked at the former Sports Authority location.
Colorado, where Laber bought the handgun, is one of the few states that does not have a waiting period for all gun purchases. Other states, such as California, Hawaii, Illinois, District of Columbia, and Rhode Island, have a mandatory wait time.
During a press conference on Thursday, Colorado police said that a Highlands Ranch mom had been found shot dead in her minivan, with her two sons. They had all been killed on Wednesday, and all were shot once. A Glock 9mm handgun was also discovered in the minivan. The mother, Jennifer Marie Laber, 36, bought the handgun about an hour before she picked up her oldest son from kindergarten, then she parked in the loading dock of a closed Sports Authority where she allegedly shot and killed both of her sons before using the handgun to commit suicide.
By John Samuels
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