DENVER (CBS4) – Denver police are asking for the public’s help locating a suspect 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, identified as Jose Gutierrez-Peredia, 25, in critical condition from an apparent gunshot wound. He was rushed to the hospital where he later died.
Police are looking for Victor Baltazar, 39, in connection with the shooting.
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 Gutierrez-Peredia is his soon to be ex-wife’s new boyfriend.
“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.