The fatal shooting of a 74-year-old woman in front of her house near Denver is giving neighbors nightmares and baffling the police, the Denver Post says. Lois Butler was shot to death last Friday as she swept her driveway in Adams County, Colo.
The Post says that “in a neighborhood where children leave their stuffed toys out on the lawn and residents frequently leave their back doors open, Butler’s death has made many question their safety.”
“I don’t think they’re going to find who did it,” said the victim’s stepdaughter, Susan Butler. “I think it’s just so random.”
Police think the attacker fired at least five times with a small-caliber weapon. Butler was hit in the back and fell on the river rock in her front yard, still clutching her broom.
Adams County sheriff’s Capt. Fred Stoll said, “We’ve got a lot of theories out there, but we don’t know at this point. It’s really scary if this is a random act. I mean, what can you do, tell people to not go out in their yards?”