Surveillance Video Shows Shootout Between Rival Gang Members

By Rick Sallinger

DENVER (CBS4) – Dramatic video of a deadly shooting has been released after a gunman was sentenced to 57 months in prison.

Dedric Mayfield had pled guilty in Denver Federal Court to being a felon in possession of ammunition. Two rival gang members died in the shootout.

The video was captured by security cameras at a carwash at 35th and Downing in Denver. The incident occured Sept. 22, 2015 in daylight.

The man in a white t-shirt is Mayfield, 39. He is seen in the video watching as members of another gang appear from the area of the gas pumps. A companion in a sleeveless shirt then joins Mayfield.

Two young children standing nearby are seen watching as the gunfight unfolds.

The man in the sleeveless shirt has a hand tucked away. He then pulls out a gun and starts firing.

The gunman and Mayfield retreat into a car wash bay. Another camera then picks up the scene.

Mayfield and the other man run to their car as shots are being fired. The man on the driver’s side appears to have been struck.

They drove to the area of Denver Health Medical Center where that man who was struck was left and later died. Mayfield has a lengthy criminal history going back to age 14. His previous crimes include assault, felony escape, assault with a deadly weapon and other crimes.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Denver cited the presence of the children in the shootout captured on camera writing in court papers, “Children in Denver should not feel vulnerable to stray bullets in the middle of the day while running errands with a parent or guardian.”

Prosecutors added, “The sentence in this case should send a message that people firing a gun midday at a public place will spend a long time in prison.”

CBS4’s Rick Sallinger is a Peabody award winning reporter who has been with the station more than two decades doing hard news and investigative reporting. Follow him on Twitter @ricksallinger.

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