3 Shot During Apparent Argument At House Party

By Melissa Garcia

DENVER, Colo. (CBS4) – Two people are in critical condition after a triple shooting in Denver’s Montbello neighborhood.

Denver police said that the shots rang out around 2 a.m. Sunday during a party at a home in the 5500 block of Sable Street near Chambers and Maxwell Place.

Neighbors said they heard so many rounds of gunfire that it was clear that the shots were fired from multiple weapons. They also said it was not the first shooting at the home that often hosts loud parties with underage teens.

Investigators placed dozens of evidence markers on the street outside the home.

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Yellow caution tape blocked some residents from getting into their own neighborhood.

“Nobody could go in or out, it’s a crime scene … I had to sleep in my car,” said Alfredo Lamas, who lives next door to the home where the shooting happened.

Other neighbors who were home at the time of the shooting ducked down when they heard gunfire.

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Destiny Gonzalez, who lives a couple of houses away, took cover with her children after hearing five or six shots followed by seven more.

“We just got all our kids and my niece into one room, and he had us all duck down because it sounded like it was right in front. My husband was in the window looking, and he could see the guy shooting out of the truck,” Gonzalez told CBS4’s Melissa Garcia.

Another neighbor in fear of retaliation described off-camera the frightening sounds to which she awoke.

“At first, there was a lot of people arguing before the shooting, and yelling really loud. And then the shots fired,” the anonymous neighbor said.

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Denver police said of the three people who were shot, two of them were rushed to the hospital by ambulance. One of those two, who was shot in the abdomen, was listed in critical condition. The other, who was shot in the foot, had non-life-threatening injuries.

The third victim got himself to the hospital and was also listed in critical condition.

The violent night was pushing at least one family out of the neighborhood.

“We had already wanted to move because of the area, and last night just made it official,” Gonzalez said. “We’re moving back to Broomfield.”

Police had not released any suspect descriptions and said that no arrests had been made.

Melissa Garcia has been reporting for CBS4 News since March 2014. Find her bio here, follow her on Twitter @MelissaGarciaTV, or send your story idea to mkgarcia@cbs.com.

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