DENVER (CBS4) – An anti-gang activist is out of jail after being arrested in connection with a shooting in North Park Hill.
Terrance Roberts, 37, is the founder of the Prodigal Son Initiative. He now faces charges of attempted murder but he told CBS4 he wouldn’t talk about the shooting near his anti-gang office. He was released on bond on Monday.
Roberts is accused of shooting Hassan Jones, 22, on Friday. Jones was listed in critical condition at Denver Health Medical Center.
Witnesses say Jones was shot five times with two being from close range. The shooting happened outside the Boys and Girls Club at 33rd and Holly. The community has focused on fighting gang activity since gang members set fire to a shopping center there in 2008.
Roberts told police that Jones, an alleged gang member, pulled a knife on him and that’s the reason he shot him. Documents show Roberts said, “He pulled a knife on me … I shot him for running up on me. All of you would have shot him too.”
Police also took a loaded gun from Roberts, adding a weapons charge because he isn’t allowed to own one.
Roberts is due back in court on Oct. 7.