22 April 2013

420 Shooting Suspect's Image Released

The man identified in the image above is the police's leading suspect in an incident at about 5 p.m. on April 20, 2013 during which shots were fired into a crowd at a pro-marijuana rally at Civic Center Park in Denver as corroborated by multiple eye witness identifications. 

Three people received non-life threatening gunshot wounds as did the dog of the male victim who was shot in the leg.  Two of the injured received leg wounds (one white man and one woman who made it across 14th Street towards the Denver Library Central Branch before being treated), while juvenile was grazed by a bullet and walked to a local hospital where the juivenile sought treatment.  A number of additional shots may also have been fired. Chaos broke out when the shots were fired and people fled.  A former Army medic in the crowd treated the man who was shot and police officers came to the aid of the adult woman who was shot.

A second African-American man who was dressed in a gray hoodie and a light blue baseball cap is also a suspect according to the Denver police.

Authorities have not publicly identified either individual by name.

One witness expressed the belief that the shooting was gang related and the city has tentatively given Denver's gang task force the led role in the investigation, but the motive for the shooting was unclear and revives painful echos of the recent bombing at the Boston Marathon.

UPDATE: Police have identified but not released the name of the suspect above, and says the following about the second suspect:

"Detectives believe he is an accomplice to another man, who has been described as black, about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. He was wearing a light blue baseball cap and a gray hooded sweatshirt during the shooting,"

UPDATE TWO: A "person of interest" has been interviewed and not arrested by Denver police, apparently the man originally sought as a suspect (with the implication that the person described as an "accomplice" may have been the actual shooter).

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