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67 Violent Gun Episodes in Colorado in a Month: See Where They Happened

67 Violent Gun Episodes in Colorado in a Month: See Where They Happened
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Gun violence is a common occurrence in Colorado. In July, at least 67 incidents involving guns took place across the state. Not all of them resulted in injury or death, but each could have. See where they happened here.

Our data comes from the Gun Violence Archive, which describes itself as "a not-for-profit corporation formed in 2013 to provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States. GVA will collect and check for accuracy, comprehensive information about gun-related violence in the U.S. and then post and disseminate it online."

Because the archive generally uses public sources, it can't be considered all-encompassing, which only makes the number of gun episodes listed from Colorado last month that much more disturbing. Also surprising is information about the cities with the most incidents. In July, Colorado Springs topped this dubious roster with seventeen, while Denver's twelve was equaled in Pueblo, a much smaller community.

We've provided chronologically arranged GVA incident reports for the 67 Colorado gun incidents last month, complete with links, and shared photos and the actual data on the twelve that took place in Denver, beginning with a double homicide on July 1 and concluding with a murder on the 29th. But no community is immune. Gun incidents also occurred in Sedalia, Milliken and Pleasant View, a community whose very name seems at odds with the kind of violence that's happening almost every day — and generally multiple times per day — in Colorado circa 2017. Continue for the July list.


Number 1: July 1

City: Grand Junction
Location: I-70 and Horizon Drive
Killed: 0
Injured: 0


Number 2: July 1

City: Colorado Springs
Location: 3300 Verde Drive
Killed: 0
Injured: 0


Number 3: July 1

City: Fort Collins
Location: South Whitcomb Street and West Prospect Road
Killed: 1
Injured: 0


Number 4: July 1

City: Sedalia
Location: 3440 Elk Canyon Court
Killed: 1
Injured: 0


Number 5: July 1

City: Park County
Location: N/A
Killed: 0
Injured: 0

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29th and York.
Google Maps
Number 6: July 1

City: Denver
Location: York Street and 29th Avenue

Participants
  • Type: Victim
  • Name: Don Sperow
  • Age: 35
  • Age Group: Adult 18+
  • Gender: Male
  • Status: Killed
  • Type: Victim
  • Name: Troy Funchess
  • Age: 40
  • Age Group: Adult 18+
  • Gender: Male
  • Status: Killed

Incident Characteristics

  • Shot — Dead (murder, accidental, suicide)

Notes

Funchess died of his injuries 07/13

Guns Involved

1 gun involved.

  • Type: Unknown
  • Stolen: Unknown
Number 7: July 2

City: Pueblo
Location: 700 block of West 13th Street
Killed: 0
Injured: 0


Number 8: July 2

City: Colorado Springs
Location: 1205 Potter Drive
Killed: 0
Injured: 1


Number 9: July 3

City: Pueblo
Location: 1200 block of West 17th Street
Killed: 0
Injured: 0


Number 10: July 3

City: Pueblo
Location: 100 block of Purdue Street
Killed: 0
Injured: 0


Number 11: July 3

City: Pueblo
Location: N/A
Killed: 0
Injured: 0


Number 12: July 3

City: Mesa County
Location: I-70
Killed: 0
Injured: 0


Number 13: July 4

City: Pleasant View
Location: N/A
Killed: 1
Injured: 0


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Near 1800 West 85th Avenue.
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Number 14: July 4

City: Denver
Location: Tuscan Heights Apartments, 1800 West 85th Avenue

Participants

  • Type: Subject-Suspect
  • Age Group: Adult 18+
  • Gender: Male
  • Status: Killed
  • Type: Subject-Suspect
  • Status: Unharmed, Arrested
  • Type: Subject-Suspect
  • Status: Unharmed, Arrested
  • Type: Subject-Suspect
  • Status: Unharmed

Incident Characteristics

  • Shot — Dead (murder, accidental, suicide)
  • Officer Involved Incident
  • Officer Involved Shooting  subject/suspect/perpetrator killed
  • Police Targeted
  • Possession of gun by felon or prohibited person
  • Brandishing/flourishing/open carry/lost/found

Notes

Federal Heights area, verbal dv via phone, threat officer with gun, officer shot suspect, 2 other arrest

Guns Involved

1 gun involved.

  • Type: Unknown
  • Stolen: Unknown
Number 15: July 5

City: Colorado Springs
Location: 3100 block of East Dale Street
Killed: 0
Injured: 1


Number 16: July 5

City: Aurora
Location: 1711 Roosevelt Way
Killed: 0
Injured: 0


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The 800 block of Dale Court.
Google Maps
Number 17: July 5

City: Denver
Location: 800 block of Dale Court

Participants
  • Type: Subject-Suspect
  • Relationship: Neighbor
  • Age Group: Adult 18+
  • Gender: Female
  • Status: Unharmed, Arrested

Incident Characteristics

  • Shots Fired — No Injuries

Notes

Woman fired shots into neighbor's home; later surrendered to police.

Guns Involved

1 gun involved.

  • Type: Unknown
  • Stolen: Unknown
Number 18: July 6

City: Colorado Springs
Location: El Morro Road and Delta Drive
Killed: 0
Injured: 0


Number 19: July 6

City: Colorado Springs
Location: 2410 Busch Avenue
Killed: 0
Injured: 1


Number 20: July 6

City: Colorado Springs
Location: 2900 block of Airport Road
Killed: 0
Injured: 0


Number 21: July 6

City: Milliken
Location: 100 block of South Sydney Court
Killed: 0
Injured: 0


Number 22: July 7

City: Colorado Springs
Location: East Willamette and Swope
Killed: 0
Injured: 2


Number 23: July 7

City: Grand Junction
Location: 300 block of Independent Avenue
Killed: 0
Injured: 0


Number 24: July 7

City: Boulder
Location: 820 28th Street
Killed: 0
Injured: 0


Number 25: July 8

City: Colorado Springs
Location: 2500 block of Astrozon Circle
Killed: 0
Injured: 0


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The 5100 block of North Titan Court.
Google Maps
Number 26: July 8

City: Denver
Location: 5100 block of North Titan Court

Participants

  • Type: Victim
  • Age: 26
  • Age Group: Adult 18+
  • Gender: Male
  • Status: Injured
  • Type: Victim
  • Age: 3
  • Age Group: Child 0-11
  • Gender: Male
  • Status: Injured
  • Type: Victim
  • Age: 6
  • Age Group: Child 0-11
  • Gender: Female
  • Status: Injured
  • Type: Subject-Suspect
  • Name: David Houston
  • Age: 25
  • Age Group: Adult 18+
  • Gender: Male
  • Status: Unharmed, Arrested

Incident Characteristics

  • Shot — Wounded/Injured
  • Drive-by (car to street, car to car)
  • Criminal act with stolen gun

Notes

Multiple male suspects

Guns Involved

1 gun involved.

  • Type: Unknown
  • Stolen: Stolen
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The 7-Eleven at 551 East Colfax.
Google Maps
Number 27: July 9

City: Denver
Location: 7-Eleven, 551 East Colfax Avenue

Participants

  • Type: Victim
  • Name: Justin Slyter
  • Age: 39
  • Age Group: Adult 18+
  • Gender: Male
  • Status: Killed
  • Type: Subject-Suspect
  • Name: David Houston
  • Age: 25
  • Age Group: Adult 18+
  • Gender: Male
  • Status: Unharmed, Arrested
  • Type: Subject-Suspect
  • Name: Keondre Neblett
  • Age: 17
  • Age Group: Teen 12-17
  • Gender: Male
  • Status: Unharmed, Arrested
  • Type: Subject-Suspect
  • Name: Ru Shawn Bykei Wharton
  • Age: 41
  • Age Group: Adult 18+
  • Gender: Male
  • Status: Unharmed, Arrested
  • Type: Subject-Suspect
  • Name: Davon Houston
  • Age: 24
  • Age Group: Adult 18+
  • Gender: Male
  • Status: Unharmed

Incident Characteristics

  • Shot — Dead (murder, accidental, suicide)
  • Armed robbery with injury/death and/or evidence of DGU found

Notes

Near Grant, near Pearl, near midnight 7/8-7/9

Guns Involved

1 gun involved.

  • Type: Unknown
  • Stolen: Unknown
Number 28: July 10

City: Colorado Springs
Location: 6385 North Academy Boulevard
Killed: 0
Injured: 0


Number 29: July 10

City: Pueblo
Location: Washington Street and West Fairview Avenue
Killed: 0
Injured: 0


Number 30: July 11

City: Pueblo
Location: 800 block of Glenvista Drive
Killed: 0
Injured: 0


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