AURORA, Colo. (AP) – Aurora police are investigating a shooting outside a high school that seriously wounded a 17-year-old girl.
Police said Karina Vargas was shot in the torso as she talked with friends outside the school on Monday. Classes were still in session at the time.
Vargas remained in the University of Colorado Hospital on Tuesday but her family has asked that her condition not be released.
Another student said he saw Vargas and her friends talking to people in a brown pickup. He said he then saw another car drive up and someone shoot into the crowd.
Friends say Vargas wasn’t the intended target.
“The intended target was someone else,” student Gogorias Dejene said. “Then I guess she jumped in front and got shot … most likely gang related.”
Witnesses say there were two groups of people at the intersection in an argument. Then suddenly the shooter began firing and Vargas fell.
The description of the getaway vehicle is described as a 1990s model black Infinity sedan. Detectives are still attempting to identify the license plate associated with this vehicle.
A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading investigators to the shooter.