Police Release New Details On Shooting, Names Of Students

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

Colorado Springs Police have released new information on Monday's fatal shootings, including the identities of the teenage victims and others involved.

Police say the suspect, 17 year old Andrew Brown, dated 16 year old Tiffany Howard. But she had recently broken up with him.

Early Monday afternoon, Tiffany called a friend, 16 year old Jeremy Vasquez, and asked him to pick her up because she had some concerns about Andrew Brown.

Jeremy and his friends picked Tiffany up at Doherty High School sometime around 1:00 p.m., in an SUV driven by 18 year old Michael Fisher. Soon after, they realized someone was following them as they drove south on Murray Boulevard.

At around 1:18 p.m., Jeremy Vasquez and 15 year old Caleb Moore, who was also in the SUV, called police. They said Brown was behind them, had displayed a shotgun, and had run into the back of their SUV.

The Police Communications Center gave the callers directions on how to get to the Sand Creek Division, the nearest police station. At the same time, dispatchers were trying to free up officers on other calls to respond to the area.

When the SUVs passed Airport Road on Murray, as they neared Crestline, Police say Brown pulled up alongside them and fired a shot, striking Jeremy Vasquez.

Michael Fisher immediately stopped, and everyone got out. Witnesses in the area stopped as well, trying to help Jeremy.

"A kid jumped out of the car, saying 'My friend is shot, my friend is shot,'" said witness Stephanie Edwards, who was taking a walk in the neighborhood.

That's when police say Brown made a U-turn and parked north of Fisher’s vehicle, blocking the street.

Police say he got out and started shooting again. Michael Fisher was hit, and died at the scene.

"I felt helpless. I saw a boy getting shot, shot right before my eyes. I just ran and ran because he was still shooting," said Edwards.

Brown then confronted Tiffany Howard, hitting her with the butt of his shotgun. He dropped the gun, which was later found to be empty.

Brown walked back over to his SUV, just as the first police officer arrived at the scene. When he ordered Brown to show his hands, police say Brown reached into the SUV for a second shotgun, and fatally shot himself.

Police say Brown got the guns from his home.


Police have also released more information about the teens involved:

Michael Fisher was the driver of the vehicle that Andrew Brown was chasing. He was 18 years old and attended Wasson High School. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Jeremy Vasquez, 16 years old, was transported to Memorial Hospital and then later transferred to Denver Health. He is in critical condition. He is home schooled.

Tiffany Howard, 16 years old, was transported to Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. She attends Doherty High School.

Caleb Moore, 15 years old, was not injured. He is home schooled.

Robert Ellsworth, 16 years old was not injured. He attends Wasson High School.

Andrew Brown, 17 years old was pronounced dead at the scene. He attended Doherty High School


Police say autopsies on Michael Fisher and Andrew Brown are complete. Fisher died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death has been ruled a homicide. This marks the 21st murder this year in Colorado Springs. Andrew Brown also died from a gunshot wound, and his death has been ruled a suicide.

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  • by Jade Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 12, 2012 at 09:26 PM
    Its sad to remember that one of my good friends in High School had his life taken from him at too young of an age. Its sad when people blame the incident on anyone other than Andrew himself... everyone has to take account for their actions. I wish I could have seen my friend Michael at least one more day to say goodbye but that opportunity was taken from me when someone foolish didn's have control over his own feelings. I LOVE YOU MICHAEL!!!!!
  • by Danielle Location: connecticut on Sep 12, 2011 at 06:08 PM
    i just listened to the 911 call that jeremy had made. it was heartbreaking. and its making me sick to read these comments of people defending him. hes a cold blooded murderer. that 911 call lasted 10 minutes so he had plenty of time to change his mind and realize that what he was planning to do was crazy. i feel sick to my stomach just having heard those kids screaming. ill never forget it...
  • by Sheri Location: Jacksonville, Florida on Oct 5, 2009 at 07:38 AM
    I knew Andrew for years before this happened, and he did have a bit of a temper but he wasn't violent. I loved him very very much. and its because of Tiffany that me and him lost touch. Honestly, I blame her for all of this. He was a sweet, loving guy. and all he was guilty of was loving her too much. & wanting to be happy. people that are talking bad towards him probably don't know him like they think they do. I seen him at his worst and at his absolute best. he was my bestfriend, I love you Andrew! RIP
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      by Danielle on Sep 12, 2011 at 06:11 PM in reply to Sheri
      Are you crazy? Youre blaming this girl for your friend being a murderer? i live in Connecticut and know none of these kids but its crazy to blame a 16 year old girl for someone elses actions.i think that girl has been through enough. listen to the 911 call jeremy made. u might have a different opinion of ur friend when u hear those poor kids screaming.
  • by anon Location: CO on May 27, 2009 at 12:37 PM
    http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/31/l_c19dc64158a797db2630c59b84f0f0a3.jpg Do you all still think he's not violent, or had something mentally wrong?
  • by Anonymous Location: Colorado on May 27, 2009 at 12:33 PM
    AJ had two shotguns in his car because he planned on shooting Tiffany's mom, Tiffany, then himself, this wasn't an over night snapping situation, he told three people what his plans were the night before. He had a history of violence, he got kicked out of middle school because he could've killed someone with how he hit him, then he got in a major fight in high school and didn't get suspended.
  • by Anonymous Location: Coloardo Springs on Apr 2, 2009 at 09:13 AM
    i just want everyone to know that Micheal Fisher will be lissed and loved. by everyone i know and more that i dont. i love him so much and even though i didnt really know him, he will always have a place in my heart. RIP FISHY
  • by anonymous Location: colorado springs on Feb 21, 2008 at 02:29 PM
    doesn't anyone wonder what this boy was doing with two shot guns in his car? he wasn't planning to chase anyone, how could he have known she would be getting a ride? what was he really planning for that afternoon? they say he did these things out of revenge, but how could he have known who she was getting a ride from? i feel like the real lesson and story here have little to do with the end result, but rather the path that lead to that result. everyone says that this kid was a great guy, so what changed him into someone who would do this? perhaps he had planned to end it all, for himself and for this girl, but that is a far cry from what ended up happening. so what happened that made this boy so enraged that he felt that he needed to hurt the other two boys? this was a sad sad day for the two injured kids, and for both of the boys that lost their lives. every human life has value, let's not forget that.
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      by Jade on Mar 12, 2012 at 09:29 PM in reply to anonymous
      He knew she was getting a ride because he had been following her that day. That I had heard from people that were in the car that day.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2008 at 10:33 PM
    AJ was the greatest friend you could ever ask for.
  • by Stephen S Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 8, 2007 at 02:23 PM
    I used to know Andrew, 'AJ' back in Elementary school, he was one of my best friends. We lost touch though, and the next time I hear about it him, it's because he was shooting people. Not the best way to remember an old friend. I remember him, he wasn't that violent of a kid, didn't seem like someone who would do this...
  • by Jerry on Nov 8, 2007 at 01:26 PM
    Aj does not have a history of violence. He cared about everyone and he snapped one day. i dont know what made him do this but he is not this kind of person at all. He cared about people
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