Members of the Littleton Police Department have been on the scene of a homicide near the intersection of Broadway and Arapahoe throughout last night and the wee hours of this morning. Meanwhile, the search for a suspect is ongoing in a crime that doesn't appear to be a random act of violence. Here's what's been made public thus far.
According to the Littleton Police Department, the incident took place around 8:05 p.m. last night on the 500 block of West Peakview Avenue.
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Upon their arrival, officers found a man who'd been shot in the chest and in dire condition. He was rushed to Littleton Adventist Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
A suspect was seen running from the area in the direction of South Broadway.
He's described as a five-foot-ten-inch white male weighing in the vicinity of 200 pounds. He has brown hair, blue eyes and was last seen wearing a black T-shirt.
A police spokeswoman adds that the victim and the shooter appear to have known other and states that investigators "do not believe the public is in danger."
This last line tends to be used when cops have a very good idea who pulled the trigger. Nonetheless, neighbors near the address where the killing took place were originally warned to stay inside their homes and the suspect remains at large as of this writing.
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The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information about this crime or the whereabouts of the shooter, you're encouraged to phone the Littleton Police Department at 303-794-1551.
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