AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) — Aurora police are investigating a shooting on Interstate 225 after a vehicle drove through protesters marching on the highway Saturday evening. The protests began as a call for justice for Elijah McClain, who died after Aurora police officers put him in a chokehold nearly one year ago.

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CBS4’s Dillon Thomas was nearby and heard the “pops.”

“People were running after a car ‘aggressively’ made its way toward protesters on I-225. I heard pops, which APD say came from a protester. That protester shot other protesters,” Thomas stated. “I watched as a woman who fell off the interstate was rushed to the hospital.”

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Aurora police stated: “While the protestors were walking on I-225, a vehicle decided to drive through the crowd. A protestor decided to fire off a weapon, striking at least 1 other protestor. They were transported to the hospital in stable condition.”

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“Someone else showed up to the hospital with a graze wound,” APD tweeted. “The vehicle was towed and we are investigating that incident. Any witnesses to the shooting are urged to call @CrimeStoppersCO.”

The suspect vehicle is described as a blue Jeep. Copter4 captured the video of the Jeep speeding through the protest as people scattered and tried to get out of the way.

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A short time later, Copter4 flew over as police had pulled over what seems to be a vehicle matching the same one that sped through the protest on I-225.

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Police contacted the driver of the Jeep shortly after the incident on I-225. The Jeep was impounded but the driver has not been arrested.

Investigators are still looking for the person who fired shots, hitting two protesters. They are asking for the public’s help to identify the gunman.

Both of the injured protesters remained in the hospital on Sunday morning, in stable condition, with non-life threatening injuries.

At about 7:40 p.m., Aurora police said both directions of the highway had reopened. They warned that protesters continued to block streets around the Aurora Municipal Center — on Sable and Alameda.

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Just a couple of hours later, Aurora police said demonstrators pushed down a fence, threw fireworks and other objects at officers, and broke windows and started a fire at the courthouse.

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The crowd seemed to disperse after the fire started, but a few continued to march. Some blocked Alameda Parkway and police urged drivers to find an alternative route. Shortly after, the crowd dwindled and seemed to disperse.

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Police are searching for witnesses to the damage as part of their investigation surrounding Saturday night’s protests.

Anica Padilla

Comments (89)
  1. Michael wf says:

    None of them have the rights to stop vehicles at all period.

  2. LoveBlister says:

    @Dylan keep your damn kids off the street. The media has no integrity, BLM is a joke, Downtown Denver is a slum, these ” peaceful protestors” are BS , kneeling is for cowards, people who resist get shot, Blue Lives Matter, George Floyd WAS a felon druggy resisting arrest, Hickenlooper should go to jail, TRUMP will win, you can’t live on welfare forever, I’m always packing, and GOD is GREAT.

  3. Fake reporting says:

    CBS Denver & Cathy Walsh are bold enough to LIE, at least twice, with the reporting of the “Jeep driver”. He did NOT get pulled over by Police…he himself DROVE to the Police to report the chaos of the “protestors” being on the highway, which of course IS against the law. FAKE REPORTING / FAKE NEWS!!

  4. All_Lives_Splatter says:

    Dammit, no dead rioters? That’s why I read these stories, hoping to hear about some idiot rioters getting made into road pancakes, help out the gene pool.

  5. Dylan says:

    Absolutely disgusting how many people are defending the driver in these comments. This could have been your child or grandchild hurt. There is no excuse for what the driver did here, even if someone is on the highway illegally it doesn’t give you the right to run them over with your car. I’m severely disappointed in the Aurora police, given that this driver hasn’t been arrested yet for what is, at the very least, dangerous and reckless driving.

  6. Robert Lloyd says:

    if you hang out on 1-225 or other interstte, you are going to get hurt, killed, or other. quit playing on streets, and shooting at a vehicle is not smart either, you might get shot back.

  7. Joe Bloe says:

    Typical liberal news story. Spin their leftist agenda.

  8. r erick says:

    Get off the damn highways.

  9. Jay Alenby says:

    It’s really too bad this driver didn’t mow over many people. What a wasted opportunity to rid our society of uncivilized moochers who offer nothing positive to society.

  10. Filthy McNasty says:

    “…there is shattered glass from where where protesters and some might call them ‘rioters’ moved in and..”

    What the hell would you call them Dillon? For a reporter you sure can’t keep your bias out of your stream.

  11. Luk Page says:

    “Aurora police stated: “While the protestors were walking on I-225, a vehicle decided to drive through the crowd.”
    What the guy in the car was supposed to do? Back-up on the Highway? It’s illegal so the driver had no choice than keep going and they tried to prevent him to pass and start shooting.
    Police should arrest and at least fine all people who were on the highway and they need to prevent people to gather on any highway by giving huge fines. It’s dangerous and it’s not a place for a protest and also it’s illegal to walk on an highway.

  12. J Gibbs, PhD says:

    Never thought I would see the day I would include my Glock 17 and extra mags inside my vehicle for a routine commute. Now, I think I will purchase one of those short barreled shotgun pistols and keep it in my car also.

  13. Randy Lahey says:

    You know Polis is on the sidelines in his cheerleader outfit and pom poms jumping for joy every time a courthouse is vandalized, a statue is toppled, a business is destroyed, a million dollars is wasted trying to remove graffiti from the state capitol building, or “peaceful protestors” shut down interstates. Send in the Feds and put an end to this garbage. Time for these unemployed “oppressed” Caucasians to get a job and start contributing to their communities.

  14. Plurbee says:

    Why do they hire speech impediment impaired for news broadcasting?

  15. Mindy Penman says:

    Stay off highways and you won’t get hit by cars. Perhaps they forgot to pay attention to signage that forbids pedestrians on the highways. No, I guess they think rules apply to everyone but them. “Peaceful protestors” don’t carry guns do they? Shocking! When people play stupid games, they earn stupid prizes.

  16. Jeff says:

    Every car should do this. The highway is legal for driving. Its not legal for walking or blocking.
    Any person using their body to purposely get in the way of highway traffic should be classified as a suicide.

  17. Pedantic D says:

    Why do they insist on referring to rioters as ‘protesters?’ The people shutting down the highway (thanks, imbeciles), you can call protesters. Those shooting fireworks at police and damaging the building and setting fires, they’re rioters. This is one of the reasons why the press has zero credibility.

  18. Knox says:

    “He had not commited a crime”. We’re sure of that? I thought resisting arrest was a crime. Silly me. Do you realize that all of the BLM causes were resisting arrest? I guess that the true meaning of BLM is that blacks can’t be arrested, therefore are able to commit any crime they please.

    1. jay feely says:

      Breonna Taylor was asleep in her bedroom, not exactly resisting…

      1. jorilla says:

        after boyfriend drug dealer fires at police

  19. Ray Hibbarra says:

    Play stupid games win stupid prizes.

  20. Sam S says:

    Wish the driver swerved at bit more!

  21. Eatya Poozie! says:

    Too bad he didn’t run over a few of them ☹️

  22. Floyd Martin says:

    Looks like the protestor deliberately walked into the Jeep! Going to be hard to charge the driver as the Interstate was Not Closed!

  23. GW says:

    How shocking! I don’t know about you, but I always play on the interstate and major highways. Day or night. It is so fun to dodge trucks and other vehicles. Almost as much fun as dodging trains on train tracks at the last second! Who knew you could get hurt doing that? It is our first amendment right to close down highways without notice. (all sarcasm) ;-)

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