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Suspect In Downtown Shooting Arrested

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A suspected gunman was arrested near the 16th Street Mall Thursday afternoon. (credit: CBS)

A suspected gunman was arrested near the 16th Street Mall Thursday afternoon. (credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4)- Police in Denver arrested a teenager just minutes after he allegedly shot a man.

The shooting happened just before 2 p.m. between 15th and 16th Streets on California. One man was shot in the leg at close range.

The suspected shooter was captured and arrested at 13th and Welton as he was running towards the Colorado Convention Center.

“They tackled him and they had him down. I didn’t see the gun though, but they had him,” one witness told CBS4.

shooting map1 Suspect In Downtown Shooting Arrested

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The suspect is a juvenile so his identity is not being released. The man who was shot is an adult. His identity also has not been released.

Officers credit additional police patrols in the area for catching the alleged gunman so quickly.

Two men were fighting among a crowd of 25 people waiting for the light rail at 16th and California. There are allegations that the shooting was gang related.

“I know it was gang related because I heard them arguing. The shooter was the Bloods and the other was with the Loks,” said Nate, a witness to the shooting.

“That’s what we’re hearing also is that these two individuals may have been involved in or affiliated in some type of gang but right now we simply don’t know. It’s too early to tell,” said Denver Police Detective John White.

Another woman said she was right in the middle of the fight and could have been killed.

“I saw the two gentlemen arguing,” said shooting witness Amanda G. “I was trying to catch my dog because she was running around and I caught her just in time but I was just sitting there waiting for the light rail.”

Detectives are investigating whether a HALO surveillance camera placed on the 16th Street Mall captured the shooting. They are trying to figure out the motive for the shooting.

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