Crime

At Least 56 Metro Denver Shootings in 2018 So Far: See Where They Happened

At Least 56 Metro Denver Shootings in 2018 So Far: See Where They Happened
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As of earlier this month, homicides in Denver were up 59 percent over the same time last year and are on a pace that may result in the highest annual total since 2004. But that's only part of the story.

Data shows there have been at least 56 shootings in Denver metro during 2018 through May 12, resulting in a minimum of 32 deaths and 29 injuries, with few neighborhoods untouched by gun violence. Moreover, these figures almost certainly underestimate the actual number of times triggers have been pulled under potentially criminal circumstances in the area.

Our source is the online Gun Violence Archive, which sets out to document shootings here and across the country in as close to real time as possible. However, the site only counts incidents confirmed by the news media or local police; sources linked to each of the entries below include items from newspapers, TV stations and the Denver Police Department Twitter account.

Given the well-documented decrease in the number of journalists in Denver these days, shootings may go unreported by the press if there are no deaths or injuries — but they'll be referenced by residents on neighborhood apps. While several episodes of gunplay near 36th and Lafayette have been mentioned on Nextdoor in recent days, for example, none of them are cited by the Gun Violence Archive.

Still, the following roster offers an indication of why the homicide rate in Denver is so high even before the warm weather months, when the number of shootings tends to further escalate.

Continue to count down the aforementioned 2018 shootings, complete with approximate addresses and the number of people killed or injured. Some are outside Denver's city limits; Federal Heights, Edgewater and Adams County are all represented. Moreover, the links often provide telling background. Take the first shooting of the year, in which no one was killed or injured — but it was reported because the shots were fired near the State Capitol, resulting in a temporary lockdown.

If the shooting had happened a few blocks away with similar results, most of us would never have heard about it.

click to enlarge Near the intersection of South Navajo Street and West Alameda Avenue. - GOOGLE MAPS
Near the intersection of South Navajo Street and West Alameda Avenue.
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Number 56: May 12, 2018
S Navajo St and W Alameda Ave
Killed: 0
Injured: 1


Number 55: May 7, 2018
N Clarkson St and E Colfax Ave
Killed: 0
Injured: 2


Number 54: May 5, 2018
44th Ave and Abilene St
Killed: 0
Injured: 2


Number 53: May 5, 2018
S Federal Blvd and W Arkansas Ave
Killed: 0
Injured: 0


Number 52: April 30, 2018
E 20th Ave and N Clarkson St
Killed: 1
Injured: 1


Number 51: April 30, 2018
5800 Tower Rd
Killed: 1
Injured: 0


Number 50: April 28, 2018
7530 Broadway
Killed: 1
Injured: 0


Number 49: April 28, 2018
11920 Washington St
Killed: 1
Injured: 0


Number 48: April 25, 2018
E Colfax Ave and Quebec St
Killed: 1
Injured: 0


Number 47: April 22, 2018
4300 block of W 44th Ave
Killed: 0
Injured: 1


click to enlarge Near East 37th Avenue and Elizabeth Street. - GOOGLE MAPS
Near East 37th Avenue and Elizabeth Street.
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Number 46: April 19, 2018
E 37th Ave and Elizabeth St
Killed: 1
Injured: 0


Number 45: April 13, 2018
E 88th Ave and Corona St
Killed: 1
Injured: 0


Number 44: April 5, 2018
2001 Sheridan Blvd
Killed: 1
Injured: 0


Number 43: April 3, 2018
Lawrence St and 22nd St
Killed: 0
Injured: 0


Number 42: April 3, 2018
15th St and Blake St
Killed: 0
Injured: 0


Number 41: April 1, 2018
757 E 20th Ave
Killed: 0
Injured: 1


Number 40: March 21, 2018
600 block of Lipan Street
Killed: 1
Injured: 0


Number 39: March 21, 2018
Federal Blvd and W 104th Ave
Killed: 0
Injured: 1


Number 38: March 20, 2018
6100 block of E Iliff Ave
Killed: 0
Injured: 1


Number 37: March 19, 2018
E 41st Ave and Colorado Blvd
Killed: 1
Injured: 0


click to enlarge The 2400 block of Grove Street. - GOOGLE MAPS
The 2400 block of Grove Street.
Google Maps
Number 36: March 18, 2018
2400 block of Grove St
Killed: 1
Injured: 0

Number 35: March 18, 2018
3700 block of N Fillmore St
Killed: 0
Injured: 1


Number 34: March 18, 2018
1800 block of W Mosier Place
Killed: 1
Injured: 0


Number 33: March 17, 2018
3500 block of W Colfax Ave
Killed: 1
Injured: 0


Number 32: March 15, 2018
Irving St and W 28th Ave
Killed: 0
Injured: 0


Number 31: March 12, 2018
W Vassar Ave and S Grove St
Killed: 1
Injured: 1


Number 30: February 27, 2018
1000 block of South Grove Street
Killed: 2
Injured: 0


Number 29: February 20, 2018
W Louisiana Ave and S Federal Blvd
Killed: 0
Injured: 2

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