Amara Kamoh Sayon, Cherise Houston ID'd as homicide victims in S. Quince shooting (64, 65)
Update: Still no arrests in the quintuple shooting at the Windsor Court Apartments, 900 South Quince, last week. But while the two main suspects remain mysterious, we now know the names of the two people who didn't survive their wounds.
According to a report from the Denver coroner's office, they are Amara Kamoh Sayon, 22, and Cherise Houston, 25.
Sayon died of a gunshot wound to the chest, Houston of a gunshot wound to the head.
The most recent Denver Police Department release, issued last week, share even fewer identifying descriptions than did DPD spokesman Sonny Jackson in an interview following the crime. Get those details below.
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Original item, 8:52 a.m. Thursday, March 24: The deaths continue in what's clearly been among the bloodiest early springs in recent memory.
Late last night at the Windsor Court Apartments at 900 South Quince Street, gunfire rang out, striking five people -- two of them fatally. Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson shares the details.
"A little before 11 last night, we received a call of shots fired at 900 South Quince," Jackson says. "Officers responded, and they discovered one female victim who was deceased from gunshot wounds, and four other people suffering from gunshot wounds as well. They were transported to area hospitals, and one of those individuals" -- a male -- "was pronounced dead at the hospital."
Regarding the other three victims, Jackson has heard that they're in critical condition but are expected to survive, although he notes that he doesn't have personal confirmation.
At this writing, homicide investigators are on the scene. What have they learned thus far?
"Two black males entered the apartment, and something transpired between the occupants," Jackson notes. The descriptions of the suspects are "very vague," he admits. Beyond the African-American identifier, they're said to "have been wearing dark hoodies. One of them was possibly wearing blue jeans and the other one may have been wearing dark sweat pants. And a small, dark-colored vehicle was seen leaving the scene that may or may not be involved."
Given the number of people killed or injured, could gangs be involved? What about a drug deal gone bad? "We'll look at all possibilities, all motives," Jackson responds.
Look below to see a brief 9News report about the shootings, followed by an interactive graphic showing the area near the apartments; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
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