James Sanchez ID'd as victim in drive-by house party shooting on 300 block of South Yates (4)

Update: The Denver coroner's office has just identified the man shot to death early Sunday morning, allegedly by someone in a car that drove past the scene of a house-party-related fight on the 300 block of South Yates Street. The victim: James Sanchez, 24. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest. Look below for our earlier coverage.

Original item, 8:47 a.m. June 6: Early Sunday morning, Denver Police say a house party at the 300 block of South Yates Street led to a fight.

Which wouldn't have been so bad in and of itself, if someone hadn't opened fire, killing a man with a single shot.

According to the DPD, several people were leaving the area on foot when a car drove past. Someone inside the vehicle yelled profanities at the group, then fired. Cops were called at around 3:20 a.m., and when they arrived, they found a man with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead after being transported to Denver Health.

If the cops have a description of the car or the suspect, they're not sharing the info at this point. Likewise, the victim has not been identified at this writing.

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