A short time ago, we reported about a Sunday night homicide in Aurora that probably took place near East Second Avenue and Peoria, although police aren't positive about the location just yet. About an hour afterward, another man was shot dead in the city, likely on the 1500 block of Moline Street.
That killing makes it the sixth in Aurora in just six weeks.
To recap: On May 28, Shawn Hicks was found mortally wounded in a car in the vicinity of East Alameda and Ironton Street. That same day, Harris Donkor was killed in parking lot gunplay at the duRozz Lounge.Then, on June 19, Ernesto Rodriguez-Rodriguez was slain near the Aurora's Abrigo Apartments. His body was found in a parking lot as well. Six days later, on June 25, a man was killed on or near East Ohio Avenue; Aurora Police Department spokesman Officer Frank Fania identifies the victim as Jonathan Petty, 23.
Add to these casualties the two slayings last night and the result is a one-killing-per-week average over the past month and a half. At this writing, no one has been arrested for any of them.
The second of the two shooting-related calls received by the APD last night came in at about 11:45 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the 11500 block of East Colfax Avenue on the report of a person having been shot. Investigators believe the actual shooting happened on the 1500 block of Moline Street based on a blood trail, Fania says. After being wounded, investigators believe the man ran to a nearby business, where he collapsed. He was dead on arrival after being delivered to a local hospital by ambulance.
Unlike some recent shootings, the police have a possible clue in this one: A black male was seen in the area before the shooting, as was a white SUV to which he might have a connection. Police aren't calling him a suspect, but they're interested in chatting.
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They'd also like to hear from anyone with more information about the crime. Such individuals are encouraged to phone Detective Tom Welton at 303-739-6107 or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). The Aurora Police Reward Fund is making up to $2,500 available for the arrest and conviction of the shooter, while Crime Stoppers can provide as much as $2,000.
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By the way, Fania says the victim in this case is not a known gang member. Thus, the murder is not seen as gang-related, at least at this point -- and the same is true of the other killing last night. Look below to see an interactive graphic of the probable scene of the crime. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
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