DENVER (CBS4) – Denver police are asking for the public’s help after a deadly shooting on West Mississippi near Lipan Street Sunday night.
The shooting occurred just before 10:30 p.m. at the Mariposa Apartments located in the 1300 block of West Mississippi. When officers arrived they found a man in critical condition from an apparent gunshot wound. He was rushed to the hospital where he later died.
Police were still at the scene well into Monday morning for the investigation. They said the suspect is still at large and they only have a vague description. They say that the man is Hispanic.
A neighbor told CBS4 a fight had broken out at the apartment complex.
“Pretty much (the victim) had gotten into a fight and I guess it escalated. The guys that he was fighting or something, they left and came back and drove by and shot him,” the neighbor said. “It was a drive-by shooting.”
Neighbor Andreas Magana says the man who was shot and killed is his soon to be ex-wife’s new boyfriend. He says the man is in his 20s and also lives in the complex, but on another floor. CBS4 won’t release the victim’s name until the coroner makes a positive identification.
“I knew it was her boyfriend because she told me; I knew him,” Mangana said. “He got into a couple fights with people here … I don’t know if he was sociable with gang members or (something), I’m not too sure.”
Magana’s future ex-wife on Monday afternoon was seen carrying out religious statues from the apartment that Magana says she stays in with the victim. She had no comment about the shooting.
Magana said he’s just happy to be moving out and that his two children are safe, one who was inside the apartment complex sleeping at the time of the shooting.
“I feel sorry for the guy. He got shot and everything. I feel sorry that her boyfriend got shot, but things happen,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Denver police at (720) 913-2000. Remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP (7867). Text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter the message or send an e-mail to metro-denvercrimestoppers.com.