Police in Aurora, Colorado are investigating a shooting during a failed robbery attempt that left one person dead, one critically injured and another with gunshot wounds.
“There is the potential that there are three juveniles in this community who have been shot,” said Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler.
Officers were dispatched to 431 S. Kalispell Way for reports of “shots fired”, just before 11 p.m. on Friday. Upon arrival at the Bayberry condominium complex on Alameda and South Kalispell Way, they found two males with gunshot wounds.
“We were upstairs, actually, and that’s when we heard the gunshots going off,” said Megan Manguso, who was at home less than a block away when she the shots rang out. “I was like, I’m staying inside.”
They confirmed that one of the males died at the hospital and the other was treated for critical injuries, while yet another was suffering from non-life threatening injuries receiving during the altercation.
Reports state that three white males in the 20s were moving into an apartment when they were approached by three black males between the ages of 16 and 20, in the foyer of the complex, demanding their money at gun point.
“Two of the movers started to hand over their money, the third mover who was in fear for his safety of his friends, pulled out his weapon,” said Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz.
During the “alleged” robbery attempt, the third male who was with the moving party, grabbed his handgun and shot towards the robbery suspects, shooting all three of them.
One of the suspects died, another was critically wounded and the third male walked into an area hospital with a gunshot wound to the shoulder.
The suspects have not been identified yet, and the man who fired the shots has not been arrested or charged. Police state that he was questioned and released.
“I don’t think we would call this necessarily a make-my-day issue. This is a straight up regular common sense statutorily codified self-defense,” said Brauchler.
This is just another in a long list of “Good Guy stops Bad Guy with a Gun”.
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Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak.
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