Gang Shooting in Park Hill? Gang Unit at Double Shooting That Killed One
Police at the scene of last night's double shooting. Additional images, a video and more below.
In March 2015, a slew of gang-related shootings shook the community, ushering in fears of additional bloodshed as the weather warmed.
No telling yet if a violent incident last night could be a similar sign of terrible things to come.
But early indications suggest that the Park Hill double shooting, which killed one person and injured another, could have gang ties.
Why? The Denver Police Department gang unit reportedly responded to the scene.
The first DPD communication about the shooting came via the following tweet, sent out just shy of 8:30 p.m. last night, March 9.
#ALERT DPD On-Scene at Bruce Randolph & Cherry Street in regard to a shooting.— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) March 10, 2016
Prior to 10 p.m., this update followed:
#UPDATE The shooting at Bruce Randolph & Cherry St is now being investigated as a Homicide. At present there is no suspect info to provide.— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) March 10, 2016
The intersection of Bruce Randolph and Cherry is captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View on Google Maps."
As for the specifics of what went down, 7News quotes witnesses as saying as many as ten shots were heard coming from City of Axum Park, directly across from this intersection.
Police who raced to the scene taped off large sections of the park upon their arrival.
The cops have shared no additional information thus far.
However, 9News reveals that the victims were a man and a woman.
The man died as a result of his wounds, while the woman suffered unknown injuries.
The shooting conjures memories from last year.
On March 16 of 2015, we told you about four Denver homicides that took place during three separate incidents over the previous weekend.
First came two slayings in the Lowry neighborhood. The crime was subsequently said to have been gang-related.
That was followed by a homicide on Pontiac Street. It, too, was spurred by gangs, Denver police said.
Only a killing on Race Street for which a suspect is in custody wasn't tied to gang violence by the Denver cops. But an additional shooting on Depew that didn't result in a death also had gang linkage.
No one wants the shooting last night to escalate into a similar series of shootings.
But as what happened in March 2015 demonstrated, the possibility can't be taken for granted.
Continue for a 7News package from the scene of the Park Hill shooting.
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