Good morning, it's Monday, August, 5, 2019. Here are the top five stories we're following today in southern Colorado.
The 21-year-old suspect in shooting that left 20 dead at an El Paso Walmart is being held without bond. Authorities are now investigating a racist, anti-immigrant document they believe was posted online by the suspect. That document states it took less than a month to plan the shooting.
The shooter was armed with a .223-caliber high-capacity rifle with 100-round drum magazines, and wearing a mask, bulletproof vest and hearing protection, police said. He was shot and killed by police within 30 seconds of opening fire. Nine people were killed and 27 were wounded in that shooting. A motive has not yet been determined
In a tweet this morning, President Donald Trump says Washington "must come together" to "get strong background checks" for gun users. In his tweet, the president suggested that the background checks could be paired with immigration reform. He is scheduled to address the nation at 8 a.m. MT. KOAA News5 will carry the address live on-air and online.
CDOT crews will begin installing ramp-metering devices at 12 different locations along I-25 in Colorado Springs Monday. It's part of an effort to ease traffic and make I-25 safer through Colorado Springs by adding more gaps for merging traffic. This is the first installation of the ramp meters south of Denver.
In celebration of Colorado Day and the state's 143rd birthday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering free entry to all 41 Colorado state parks on Monday. CPW said that although the state recognizes the annual holiday on the firs of the month, state parks celebrate the occasion on the first Monday of the month.