Spring of Violence in Aurora: Three Dead in Two Overnight Shootings

The scene of a double homicide in Aurora — one of two shootings that took place overnight. Additional images and videos below.
The scene of a double homicide in Aurora — one of two shootings that took place overnight. Additional images and videos below.

In recent days, we've been reporting about the proliferation of officer-involved shootings in Aurorathree in May thus far.

But there's been plenty of bloodshed in Aurora that's not directly tied to cops gunning down suspects.

Overnight, three people died in the community as a result of two shootings.

Thus far, police are referring to the victims only as males and say the incidents appear to be separate and unrelated.

However, it won't take long for speculation about gang involvement to surface — and with it fears that Aurora, and the metro area in general, could be entering a prolonged period of violence as the weather warms.

The scene of the 13th and Chambers shooting.
The scene of the 13th and Chambers shooting.

The information about both shootings is sketchy.

The Aurora Police Department hasn't issued releases about either matter at this writing, and neither has it shared anything on either Facebook or Twitter.

However, Fox31 reports that the first shooting took place near the intersection of 13th Avenue and Chambers Road.

That's the location of the Sunrise Apartments complex.

Crime tape near the Sunrise Apartments.
Crime tape near the Sunrise Apartments.

Around 11:25 p.m. last night, May 22, Aurora police officers were called to the scene.

Upon their arrival, they found two males dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

Neither man has been identified to date, pending next-of-kin notification.

Likewise, the APD hasn't shared any info about possible suspects or other related clues.

The truck near East 11th and Yosemite in which a homicide victim was found.
The truck near East 11th and Yosemite in which a homicide victim was found.

In regard to the second shooting, 7News notes that it took place at around 2:45 a.m. on Monday, May 23.

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The first report: shots fired.

When police got to the scene, they found a truck that had crashed into a fence not far from the intersection of Yosemite and 11th, in the Lowry neighborhood.

Bullet holes had punctured the vehicle as well as the driver, whose body was found slumped over the wheel. 

Another angle on the second shooting scene.
Another angle on the second shooting scene.

He later was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

This victim isn't being identified yet, either, and no suspect details have been disseminated.

But even without such details, three slayings mere hours apart can't help prompting concern in a community that's been fighting for years to overcome a reputation — deserved or not — as a homicide hotbed.

And hot weather certainly isn't helping matters. Continue for a 7News report about the 11th and Yosemite shooting, followed by a Fox31 piece that provides an overview on both incidents.



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