Juneteenth Celebration in Parking Lot Leaves One Dead, Four Injured 

(June 20) On Sunday June 20, 2021 at approximately 4:19 a.m., the Public Safety Dispatch Center (PSDC) received at least 50 calls for service reporting shots being fired or an active shooter in a shopping mall parking lot located at 12455 East Mississippi Avenue.

 Upon officer’s arrival to the scene they were confronted with a very large crowd where they located an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Officers began Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on the adult male until he was transported to a nearby hospital. Tragically, he later succumbed to his injuries. His name is not being released at this time, but will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office once he has been positively identified and his next of kin have been notified.

Four additional victims, three adult males and one adult female, self-transported to area hospitals. Their injuries range from minor to serious, but not life threatening.

 Information provided to investigators at this time has revealed there was a Juneteenth celebration in an unnamed unit of the shopping mall. At some point earlier in the evening presumed organizers of the celebration began denying access to the unit. This led many attendees to gather in the parking lot. 

 It is currently unknown who organized the gathering, or the name of the establishment in the unnamed unit.  That is information investigators will aim to determine in their ongoing investigation.

 Crime Scene Investigators continue to process the scene and have collected more than 114 shell casings as of this writing. Early information indicates there were multiple shooters involved in this incident. Investigators continue to interview witnesses to determine accurate suspect descriptions which will be shared publicly once known.

 This scene is expected to be active much of the day and will disrupt businesses operational capacity during this time.  If you have a vehicle at the scene inside of the crime scene, please call PSCD to get further information on how you can retrieve or access your vehicle if needed while the crime scene is active.

 We are asking anyone who has any information related to this incident to share their tips with Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP. Their tips can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.00

Officer Crystal McCoy
Public Information Officer
720.432.5095

Posted by ckmccoy@auroragov.org On 20 June, 2021 at 11:59 AM  

 
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