Colorado Springs neighborhood tops the state in gun deaths

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Colorado Springs neighborhood tops the state in gun deaths

76 percent of firearm deaths in Colo. were suicides, analysis shows
Census Tract 54:00 in the Pikes Peak Park neighborhood of southeast Colorado Springs was Colorado’s deadliest neighborhood during the 12 years between the mass-shooting tragedies at Columbine and Aurora. The neighborhood’s 24 gun deaths were more than in any other census tract in Colorado during the period.
Colorado Springs police officer Troy Puga listens to a description from a woman reporting rocks thrown at her car in southeast Colorado Springs. Puga patrols in Census Tract 54.00, where two dozen residents died by guns between 2000 and 2011.

Colorado Springs neighborhood tops the state in gun deaths

Census Tract 54:00 in the Pikes Peak Park neighborhood of southeast Colorado Springs was Colorado’s deadliest neighborhood during the 12 years between the mass-shooting tragedies at Columbine and Aurora. The neighborhood’s 24 gun deaths were more than in any other census tract in Colorado during the period.
Colorado Springs police officer Troy Puga listens to a description from a woman reporting rocks thrown at her car in southeast Colorado Springs. Puga patrols in Census Tract 54.00, where two dozen residents died by guns between 2000 and 2011.
Top neighborhoods for gun deaths

Top neighborhoods for overall gun deaths between 2000 and 2011:
1. 24 (12 suicides and 12 homicides) – Colorado Springs Census Tract 54.00 in the southeast part of the city north of Hancock Expressway and west of Academy Boulevard.
2. 20 (17 suicides and 3 homicides) – Grand Junction Census Tract 8.00 in the south part of the city between highways 6 and 50.
3. 19 (10 suicides, 8 homicides and 1 other) – Denver Census Tract 156.00 in the Platte Park neighborhood in south Denver.
4. 17 (16 suicide and 1 other) – Grand Junction Census Tract 11.01 south of Interstate 70 on the east side of the city.
5. 17 (15 suicides, 1 homicide and 1 other) – Montrose Census Tract 9663.00 north of the junction of highways 50 and 550.
6. 17 (12 suicides, 3 homicides and 2 other) – Teller County Census Tract 101.05, the entire northwest quadrant of the county.
7. 17 (5 suicides, 12 homicides) – Denver Census Tract 83.87 in Montbello.
Top neighborhoods for suicide gun deaths between 2000 and 2011:
1. 17 in Grand Junction Census Tract 8.00 in the south part of the city between highways 6 and 50.
2. 16 in Grand Junction Census Tract 11.01 south of Interstate 70 on the east side of the city.
3. 15 in Montrose Census Tract 9663.00 north of the junction of highways 50 and 550.
4. 14 in Mesa County Census Tract 15.02, the northwest quadrant of the county.
5. 13 in Grand Junction Census Tract 13.01 in the south part of the city bisected by U.S. 50.
5. (tie) 13 in Park County Census Tract 1.00 north of U.S. 285.
5. (tie) 13 in Fremont County Census Tract 9783.00, a large section of the county northeast of Cañon City.
5. (tie) 13 in Mesa County Census Tract 15.01, west of Grand Junction off of Interstate 70.
Top neighborhoods for homicide gun deaths between 2000 and 2011:
1. 12 in Colorado Springs Census Tract 54.00 north of Hancock Expressway and west of Academy Boulevard.
2. 12 in Denver Census Tract 83.87 in Montbello.
3. 12 in Denver Census Tract 83.05 in Montbello.
4. 11 in Denver Census Tract 36.01 in the Cole neighborhood in the northeast part of the city.
5. 10 in Aurora Census Tract 79.00 in the northwest part of the city in Adams County.
5. (tie) 10 in Denver Census Tract 35.00 in the Elyria Swansea neighborhood near the intersection of Interstates 70 and 25.
Burt Hubbard, I-News Network

At a glance
Gun deaths in La Plata County

Almost 9 in 10 gun deaths in La Plata County during the 12 years between the Columbine High School and Aurora theater mass shootings were suicides.
Between 2000 and 2011, 69 people in La Plata County died from guns. Of those, 59, or 86 percent, were suicides and six were homicides. Statewide, 76 percent of gun deaths were suicides.
Total gun deaths in the county equated to a rate of 11.9 per 100,000 during the 12 years, slightly higher than the state rate of 11 per 100,000. That ranks in the middle of the state’s counties.
Two census tracts, or neighborhoods, had 10 or more deaths during the 12 years. The area that encompasses the southeast corner of the county had 14 deaths while the area next to it that includes the southwest corner of the county had 10 deaths. Both are south of Durango. All 11 census tracts in the county had at least one gun death during the 12 years.
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