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May 19th, 2009 08:03 AM
endoverend Harvard woman was victim of Colorado homicide, police say


May 17, 2009

HARVARD – A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday for a Harvard woman who was shot to death in Colorado on Mother’s Day.

Lisa Baumann, 19, of Harvard had been living in Colorado Springs, Colo., when she died, but she had planned to return home within a week and start college in the fall, her mother said.

Colorado Springs police responded to a call for shots fired at a Colorado Springs apartment just before 3 a.m. May 10.

When they arrived less than five minutes later, they found that two people had been shot.

Thomas Woolly, 24, a soldier at Fort Carson near Colorado Springs, was taken to a local hospital with a minor gunshot wound to the leg. The second victim, Baumann, was declared dead at the scene.

Baumann’s death was ruled a homicide, and the autopsy showed that she died of a gunshot wound, police said.

Police arrested Woolly in connection with her death and charged him with manslaughter.

Police said Woolly’s own gunshot wound appeared to be self-inflicted and unintentional.

Baumann lived in Marengo and attended Marengo High School until she moved to Colorado four years ago, said her mother, Patti Greene, who now lives in Harvard.

“She was an absolutely awesome little girl ...” Greene said. “She was always bouncing around and bubbling over with happiness.”

Baumann had been planning to return to Illinois to live with her half-sister, Shelley Nuccio of Romeoville, this week. She had been looking forward to riding her horse and celebrating Greene’s birthday with her for the first time in years, Greene said. Baumann had a job lined up and was looking into starting college but had not decided what she would study, Nuccio said.

“She was really excited about coming home and seeing her mom and just basically getting her life straightened out,” Nuccio said.

Baumann had been staying temporarily with people she knew in the Colorado Springs apartment building where she died, Nuccio said.

“Everybody who came in contact with Lisa, they just loved her,” Nuccio said.

“She was definitely a bright light in a very dark world,” Greene added. “She was a real joy to have around.”

Tuesday’s graveside service will be at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 20501 E. Brink St., in Harvard.
May 19th, 2009 08:04 AM
endoverend Carson GI in troubled unit arrested in woman's death

By Maria St. Louis-Sanchez and Dave Philipps
The Gazette


COLORADO SPRINGS — Family members have identified the woman who was shot and killed early Sunday morning.

They say 19-year-old Lisa Baumann was trying to clean up her life and get home to Illinois from Colorado Springs.

"All she wanted to do was straighten out and come home," said her brother, Perry Greene. "But she never got the chance."

In the past two years, Baumann had been arrested for drunken driving and burglary, and her father had kicked her out of his house, Greene said. On Saturday night, she was staying with friends at an apartment on Westmeadow Drive. They said she was drinking and playing cards with them.

On Sunday afternoon, Colorado Springs police officers arrested Thomas Woolly, 24, a Fort Carson soldier, on suspicion of manslaughter in her death. Woolly posted a $10,000 bond and was released from jail today.

Sgt. Steve Noblitt, a police spokesman, said the possible charge meant the shooting wasn't premeditated.

"The charge itself would suggest that it wasn't intentional," he said.

Woolly, of Oklahoma City, enlisted in the Army a month after graduating high school in 2003.

He is a heavy-machine gunner in the 4th Infantry Division's 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Division. The 500-soldier unit nicknamed itself the Lethal Warriors.

The unit's soldiers have been accused of a barrage of violent crimes since coming back from two bloody deployments in Iraq — including stabbings, beatings, brawls, domestic violence, shootings, at least two attempted murders and five homicides.

According to Fort Carson, Wooly was in the post's newly created Warrior Transition Unit, which takes soldiers with physical and psychiatric problems who are in the process of leaving the Army.
May 19th, 2009 08:05 AM
endoverend Fort Carson Soldier Arrested in Shooting Death of 19-Year-Old

May 10, 2009

COLORADO SPRINGS - An arrest in Sunday morning's deadly shooting at a Colorado Springs apartment complex.

Police have arrested Thomas Woolly, a 24-year-old Fort Carson soldier, for manslaughter.

Police say he shot and killed a 19-year-old Lisa Baumann of Colorado Springs. The El Paso County Coroner's office completed an autopsy Monday on Baumann and determined the cause of death to be a gun shot wound and the manner of death to be homicide.

The incident happened just before 3 a.m. Sunday at the Cheyenne Crest apartments on Westmeadow Drive. Police tell NEWSCHANNEL 13 the call was for an accidental shooting. When they entered the apartment, they found the woman dead from an apparent gunshot to the neck. Woolly also injured himself by unintentionally grazing his leg with a stray bullet.

Police say there were several people inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, and are now questioning those people to find out what happened. It's unclear whether either victim lived at the apartment, or if the victims knew each other.

This is the 11th homicide in Colorado Springs this year. At this time in 2008 there were 9 homicides.