Mile High Murder, No. 45: Death in Chopsticks & Sushi Restaurant on the 16th Street Mall

When does the media give big play to a murder of an unknown individual? Like real estate, it's all about location, location, location -- but timing is a factor, too, as proven by the coverage of yesterday afternoon's shooting at Chopsticks & Sushi Restaurant, 1630 Welton Street, on the 16th Street Mall. Because the killing took place at just past 3:30 p.m., two blocks of the busy area had to be closed to traffic for hours, turning the initial stages of the investigation into a spectator sport. Despite all the eyeballs in the vicinity, however, the Denver Police Department doesn't have a suspect at this time. Below, find the information issued to date.

On Thursday, October 22, 2009, at approximately 3:37 p.m. the Denver Police Department responded to a call of a shooting at the Chopsticks and Sushi Restaurant located at 1630 Welton Street. When Officers arrived on scene, they found a male victim inside the restaurant with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to Denver Health Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The identity of the victim is not being released pending positive identification and notification of next of kin by the Office of the Medical Examiner.

Through the investigation, it has been determined that there was a physical altercation between several individuals inside the restaurant. During this altercation, one of the individuals produced a gun and shot the victim. The Denver Police are speaking to several individuals who were at the restaurant at the time of the shooting to determine exactly what transpired.

The Denver Police do not believe there are any suspects at large at this time.

This case is currently being investigated as a homicide.

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