Mile High Murder No. 66: Medical marijuana transaction at 2600 block of North Leyden leads to fatal head shot

View Larger Map That news about Denver's murder decrease in 2009 rings hollow in the face of recent bloodshed. There have ben eight homicides in the metro area since December 22, and three in Denver proper between January 1 and today, including an early hours shooting that reportedly involved a medical marijuana transaction.

At this point, the Denver Police Department is releasing only the barest of details. The incident took place on the 2600 block of North Leyden Street, an area captured in the graphic above (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"). A man was found at the location with a fatal gunshot wound to the head. Later, a second man who'd been shot made his way to Denver Health, subsequently telling authorities that the lead had started flying due to a medical marijuana deal gone wrong.

Get the rest of the current details below:

On January 5, 2010, at 12:25a.m., Denver Police officers responded to a call of a shooting at a residence in the 2600 Block of North Leyden Street. Upon arrival, officers at the scene found one male suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Denver Health Medical Center paramedics pronounced this victim dead at the scene. A short time later a man walked into Denver Health Medical Center suffering from a gun shot wound. Through the investigation, detectives learned that the two men were conducting a Medical Marijuana transaction at the residence when an altercation occurred. The suspect pulled a gun and shot the victim, the suspect received his gunshot wound in this altercation as well. Currently, the suspect is in custody and held at Denver Health Medical Center while being treated for his wounds. The Denver Police Department continues to investigate this case as a Homicide.