Suspect Remains At Large As Friends Remember Shooting Victim

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AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – More than 100 people gathered in Aurora on Monday night to remember a friend who was killed in a shooting outside a liquor store.

Ryan Thompson, 22, was shot several times on Sunday night on the 15200 block of East Smoky Hill Road, near South Chambers. His close friend told CBS4 on Monday he saw what happened.

“We were just asking a kid a question and then one thing turned into another and the kid just got scared and pulled out a gun and shot him,” said Cameron Smith.

After the shooting Smith said he saw the gunman race down the street on foot followed by two others in a car.

“I was just holding his head and saying ‘Look at me, talk to me. Look at me, talk to me.’ And I called 911,” he said.

Police say they found the car the victim is believed to have gotten away in, but so far the shooter has not been located.

Aurora police spokesman Frank Fania said it’s not clear if the suspect and the victim knew each other.

“We don’t know if the disturbance tonight started tonight or was the result of a previous confrontation,” he said.

Smith said Thompson was one of the “sweetest, down-to-earth guys” he’s ever met.

“I don’t understand why this generation is pulling guns and killing each other,” Smith said. “Whatever happened to talking things out?”

Additional Resources

The Aurora Police Department released the following information about this case:

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has any information on this case to please call Detective Alton Reed at (303)739-6068. You can also provide information on this case and remain anonymous by calling CRIME STOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867). By doing so, you may be eligible to earn a reward of up to two thousand dollars ($2,000).

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