Noah Harpham: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Noah Harpham has been identified by the Colorado Springs Gazette as the gunman who killed three people before being fatally shot by police in a shooting spree in the Colorado city. (Heather Kopp)

A 33-year-old man has been named as the crazed gunman who randomly killed three people in broad daylight on Halloween before being fatally shot by police, the Colorado Springs Gazette reports.

Noah Harpham, a Colorado Springs resident, battled addiction and recently authored rambling blogs about his father and religion, the Gazette reports.

The shootings happened Saturday at about 8:45 a.m., Colorado Springs Police said. The gunman was heavily armed as he walked down the street. He shot a bicyclist first, and then killed two women, KKTV reports. He was then chased by responding officers and gunned down in a shootout. Police have been tight-lipped about the case, refusing to provide details or identities of those involved until autopsies are completed.

The gunman is also believed to have set fire to the second floor of the apartment where he lived, according to the Gazette. Harpham had previously lived across the street with his girlfriend, the newspaper reports.

“Knock me over with a feather — that guy was just a nice guy. I liked him,” his landlord told the Gazette, “I couldn’t imagine for a second that he would even have a weapon. But what do I know.”

Neighbors told the Gazette they thought it was a Halloween prank.

Naomi Bettis told the newspaper she called police twice, first to report her that her neighbor was walking around with a rifle, and then after he shot the bicyclist. Bettis said the bicyclist cried out “Don’t shoot me! Don’t shoot me!,” before he was gunned down.

Here’s what you need to know about Noah Harpham and the shootings:

1. He Posted a Rambling Video to YouTube Just Days Before the Video

Harpham posted a rambling video to YouTube on October 29, two days before the shooting (watch it above).

In the one-minute video, with instrumental music playing in the background, Harpham talks about his father, Thomas, and Colorado pastor Bill Johnson, who he says his father is a follower of. Harpham says he challenged his father to review one of Johnson’s sermons, and then explain what it means to him. He says he hasn’t received a reply from him.

Harpham also posted a blog to a recently created website on the same day. It appears to be his response to the pastor’s sermon. The blog is titled, “Is my Dad in a Cult? Even Worse, Is It Satanic?!”

He writes on the blog:

I have no practical business to be reasoning in this area when I consider I am theoretically matching wits against Thomas Harpham, a man who has proudly and with his own wife and 2 children, devoted over a decade of his life in service to the institution of Bethel Church. Bethel Church is a global institution that believes in change through political process, and is headed by Pastor Bill Johnson. Thomas Harpham is a man that has obtained a real life “certificate” in super-natural ministry from this global church. (Ignore the clear mind-control that results from accepting the inherent contradiction in the last statement if your name is Thomas Harpham.)

The October 29 blog post is the only one on the website, called His YouTube video is also the only one uploaded to his account.

Harpham was also active on Twitter, linking out to his blog post in the days and hours before the shooting.

Harpham tweeted a link to the blog to Edward Snowden and @ChemicalCircus, from his account, @Block_N_Bard. His profile picture is a photo of libertarian economist Murray Rothbard, along with the words “anti state,” “anti war,” free-market.”

His final tweet, on October 31, just hours before the shooting, was about his account on the adult webcam site Chaturbate:

His account on Chaturbate says his final broadcast was early Saturday morning.

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2. His Mother Wrote About His Struggle With Alcohol Addiction in Her Book

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Noah Harpham with his mother, Heather Kopp, who wrote about his struggles with addiction. (Heather Kopp)

Harpham’s mother, Heather Kopp, wrote about her son’s battle with alcohol addiction in her book, Sober Mercies: How Love Caught Up With a Christian Drunk, which was published in 2013.

He also traveled with his mother after the book was published, supporting her as she spoke about their story.

In 2013, his mother wrote on her blog that her son had been sober for five years:

My grown son Noah joined me on the trip, and I can’t tell you how much it meant to have him with me. As we sat at a gate waiting for a delayed flight and Noah was tracking his fantasy football teams on his phone while eating a huge bag of airport popcorn, I was overcome by joy. Just to have him next to me. Alive. Sober. Just to have him squeeze my shoulder now and then and say, “You’re going to do great, Mom.”

How can this be the same young man who used to smoke pot for breakfast? Who I used to fear would turn out like my father—addicted, depressed, and suicidal? How can I be the same mother who used to drown my worry about Noah’s drugging and drinking by getting drunk myself? Who used to live in dread of being exposed as an alcoholic and would rather die than declare it from a podium?

The only explanation is that Noah and I are walking, talking miracles—living proof of God’s goodness and grace.

This was never so clear to me as it was on Monday as I spoke about the role of faith in my journey of recovery. Noah graciously allowed me to share some parts of his story, too—including how he’d probably be dead if the apartment where he was living when he hit bottom had had a garage. After I spoke, we had a buffet lunch with the Salvation Army folks, and I noticed how easily Noah chatted with people. Several times I overheard someone ask him hopefully, “So do you speak, too?” He laughed and said no. But you know what? He does speak. His life speaks. And nothing speaks louder than the story he can’t help telling just by being who he is today.

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3. Two of the Victims Killed in the Shooting Spree Had Recently Turned Their Lives Around

Two of the victims killed in the shooting were had recently turned their lives around, the Colorado Springs Gazette reports. Christy Galella and Jennifer Vasquez were fatally shot outside the sober home where they were living.

According to the Gazette, Harpham, who lived less than a mile from the sober house, attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in the area, but had stopped going there about two months ago.

It’s not known if Harpham knew the women.

The third shooting victim, a bicyclist, has not yet been identified.

4. He Says on a Dating Site ‘I’m Just Shy Around New People in Group Settings’

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A portion of Noah Harpham’s dating site profile. ( screenshot)

On Noah Harpham’s profile on the dating website, he says he is 6-foot-5, never married and doesn’t have children. He says he has “some college” education and is Christian.

“That I’m not arrogant or aloof, I’m just shy around new people in large group settings,” he writes. He also says he attends Alcoholics Anonymous and, “hopefully I’ll get the chance to be a sponsor to another alcoholic at some point.”

5. He Was an Insurance Agent With No Major Criminal Record

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Harpham was a licensed insurance agent, according to The website says he has one year of experience.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, Harpham has no criminal record, except for a 2003 speeding ticket in Oregon.

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  1. Harpham didn’t even have a gun, these cops are lieing because he’s white. Harpham was a really nice guy. He would never even own agun.
    Harpham over came a lot in his life.
    He grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood and taught to speak with whole words, in sentences by an alcoholic mother.
    It’s all a cover up harpham was being shot at by the cops. the cops shot those three people and are blaming it on harpham. He had his hands raised in the air and the police murdered him cold.
    We need transparency in this investigation too many Caucasians are being executed.
    An unarmed white man gunned down in the streets.
    We know we won’t get any justice because people be just stereotyping us.
    Let’s show them.
    We want to be immuned to the law and just be able to do what we want to do with no respect for anyone else because we’re angry that our great great great? Great grand father’s fought a war killing each other like pawns to the government ensuring the freedom and rights of the black people, losing everything in the process to ensure racial equality even though hundreds of years later black people in affrica the mother country would still be committing genocide and enslaving each other.
    While white men are still supporting the American negros who have brought nothing but crime and violence to the American streets spreading disrespect while crying that Caucasians should provide more for them.
    The government used the race card to get us to fight a war against our own country, illegally seizing power from the states and putting the federal government right in the pockets of the wealthy elite.

    Prior to the civil war Lincoln purposed an amendment that would legalize individual states to decide the legality of slavery for them selves( which would have brought a bloodless end to slavery do to the extream unpopularity at that time, but the states opposed the new taxes and over reaching federal power did not ratifie the amendment. So Lincoln declared war).

    American Caucasians stand up and be heard, burn down towns, break into stores, take electronics, they owe us. Show them we won’t be policed like criminals. Make our voices heard. We’re gonna do what we want

  2. what a bunch of wannabe politically correct duchebags, black people cant be racist only white people can. FU, blacks are the worst racists.
    that was some funny a$$ sh!t and true on so many levels.
    you haters can suck a choad.

    if he was black everyone would be talking sh!t about the cops calling them liars. Al Sharpton would be demanding a federal investigation with full disclosure, the town would have already been burnt to the ground and the stores looted and hundreds of so called witnesses would be claiming he had no gun and was shot with his hands up.

    f%ck all you haters, white lives do matter.

  3. LMAO, too funny

    I can recognize a weasely coward b-tch (Greg Hymes ). untuck your junk, cough the condom up out of throat and try to sound like a man.

  4. ‘m making $86 an hour working from home. I was shocked when my neighbour told me she was averaging $95 but I see how it works now. I feel so much freedom now that I’m my own boss. This is what I do,

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  5. Look stop making this shot about who or whatever group you want to blame this shit on myers “the bicyclist” should be who you are talking about my comrade that i served with in iraq died for mo fucking reason. Survive 3 deployments the get gunned down on American soil such a shame. Fuck the rest it shouldnt be like this in America