Eight people killed in Metro-Denver shooting over the pre-Halloween weekend – Westword | CarTailz

Over the weekend leading up to Halloween, violent crime in the Denver-Boulder area resulted in a staggering death toll.

At least eight people were killed in three days in incidents in Denver, Aurora and Boulder — not counting the three people who were the focus of an Oct. 30 death investigation at the 4500 block of Kittredge Street in the Gateway-Green Valley Ranch neighborhood that the Denver Police Department has not yet identified as a crime. Shootings also took place in Broomfield and Douglas County, where a gun was accidentally fired at a middle school flag football game.

That Denver Police Department Twitter accountThe first shooting alert for the weekend was time-stamped at 2:13 a.m. on Saturday, October 29. The location was the 12200 block of East 50th Avenue in the Montbello neighborhood, and a lone victim was taken to a local hospital. with unknown extent of injuries.”

That evening there were two stab wounds half an hour apart. A tweet at 11:10 p.m. referenced an investigation at Block 10800 of East Dartmouth Avenue in the Kennedy District; No details were given about the victim. And at 11:32 p.m., DPD officers were investigating a similar crime at Block 10000 of East Hampden Avenue; In that case, an adult man was taken to a hospital with what were believed to be life-threatening wounds. According to DPD, one person was taken into custody.

Hours later, at 2:49 a.m. Sunday October 30, DPD tweeted about a shooting at Block 9800 of East Girard Avenue, also in the Hampden neighborhood. A follow-up at 10:18 a.m. found two victims dead and an inquest was ongoing.

The violence didn’t end there. Today, October 31, at 6:07 am, DPD tweeted about a stabbing in Block 6100 of East Iliff Avenue. The male victim’s injuries were not detailed.

The Aurora Police Department tweeted Friday, October 28 at 5:54 a.m. about a shooting in a parking lot at 6340 South Parker Road, although a later release revealed that the crime had actually taken place several hours earlier, around 2:25 a.m Watch. and concerned “a man and woman who were strangers to each other”. The 46-year-old woman died at the scene while the man, 42-year-old John Thoren, was taken into custody on suspicion of second-degree murder.

At 3:07 a.m. on October 30, the APD broke news of a shooting at a home near the 900 block of North Geneva Street near the Delmar Parkway, described in a summary released later that morning as “four homicides “ was designated. The first 911 call was received at 2:06 am and when officers arrived nine minutes later, four adults were dead; Also present were a woman and two small children, who were rescued from the residence unharmed. Investigators believe the attack stemmed from “an ongoing domestic situation” between the surviving woman and 21-year-old Joseph Mario Castorena, who fled the scene and is currently the subject of a manhunt. Castorena is said to have “a distinctive lion tattoo on the left side of his neck.”

Here’s a press conference from acting Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates about the shooting.

At 3:14 a.m. on October 30, the Broomfield Police Department tweeted an alert about a shooting at a home near 136th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard. One person has been taken to hospital with “serious injuries” after being shot at a house party.

At 3:41 p.m. that afternoon, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office sent out a blast of email about a series of events that began just after midnight. At 12:15 a.m., a deputy from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a suspected DUI, but the vehicle “evaded the deputy in the Berthoud area and was last on Highway 287 near Highway 56 heading.” Looking south the LCSO deputy has stopped the pursuit.”

At around 12:30 p.m., the Boulder County Communications Center learned of a “suspicious vehicle” that had come to a halt in the area of ​​Highway 287 and Yellowstone Road, prompting several occupants to flee on foot, according to BCSO. And ten minutes later, a Longmont Hospital informed Boulder authorities that a 21-year-old Denver woman who was brought to its door suffered from an apparent gunshot wound. Shortly thereafter, she was pronounced dead.

Meanwhile, deputies and investigators from Boulder and Larimer counties found four suspects — two men and two women — in a trailer home on a residential lot not far from where the vehicle had come to a stop. Interviews with these individuals indicated that “the victim appears to have no connection to the suspects”. Instead, officers suspected she was traveling in another vehicle being driven by her mother when they encountered the suspect vehicle – and she was shot dead during an attempted car theft. In the end, three people were arrested, all from the Greeley area: Martin Cerda, 23, suspected of second-degree murder, attempted aggravated robbery, hit-and-run vehicle and weapon possession of a previous offender: Adriana Vargas, 23, charged with second-degree murder and possession of a weapon by a previous perpetrator (she is also said to be named in several outstanding arrest warrants); and Marissa Ruiz, 24, being held pending warrants.

The southern part of the subway area was not immune to the violence. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office was used Twitter at 7:32 p.m. on October 29 to provide details of the arrest of 65-year-old Aurora resident David Drummond. At 3:45 p.m. that afternoon, the DCSO had rushed to a Cresthill Middle School football field in Highlands Ranch after receiving a “shot fired” report. They quickly realized a pistol had fallen out of Drummond’s pants and fired a round. No one was hurt, but Drummond was arrested for allegedly prohibited use of a gun, unlawful carrying of a gun on school property, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. His concealed carry permits from Arapahoe County and the state of Utah were also confiscated.

Anyone with information regarding any of these incidents may contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).

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