By Rick Sallinger

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Somehow a Jeep got though roadblocks and onto Interstate 225 in Aurora on Saturday. Straight ahead were hundreds of protesters blocking the highway.

Police now say 23-year-old Samuel Young of Wheat Ridge is the man who pulled out a gun and fired at the Jeep.

Samuel Young (credit: Jefferson County)

Aurora’s Deputy Chief Harry Glidden put it this way, “It was the most reckless thing I have seen in a long time.”

Two protesters were injured during the shooting; one in the leg, the other near the temple. Police posted pictures of the suspect and the public responded.

One woman told CBS4, “I just saw a post on Instagram, and it had the article with a picture of someone with a CU (University of Colorado) shirt, and it said justice for Elijah McClain, and I recognized him from freshman year.”

(credit: Aurora Police)

She says Young worked in a residence hall at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

“I am very very supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement so it was really upsetting,” the woman said.

CBS4 spotted Young in the crowd with protesters openly carrying a weapon. A witness told police it was an, “Old school wild west gun.” The witness added the person who fired then “entered a state of shock” and appeared he “was horrified at what he did.”

Some protesters claim he was saving lives with his actions. Police disagree.

“It’s the height of somebody doesn’t know how to handle a firearm. It’s not the place to pull a gun and randomly shoot it,” said Glidden.

Samuel Young

(credit: Aurora Police)

CBS4 learned the driver of the Jeep hired an attorney. The lawyer told CBS4’s Rick Sallinger his client has been labeled with a lot of negative things as a result of the incident including “white supremacist and terrorist” which he said “couldn’t be further from the truth.”

The vehicle didn’t make contact with anyone.

(credit: CBS)

Young is tentatively charged with four counts of attempted murder.

Police continue to investigate.

Rick Sallinger

Comments (8)
  1. 2wheelwanderer says:

    nothing to see here, just another ‘peaceful protester’

  2. Bill says:

    The five of you are sociopaths. He’s a good person who tried to save lives, but did so in a horribly reckless way. I hope he has a good lawyer.

    1. 2wheelwanderer says:

      he tried to save lives?!? Last I checked the Jeep driver didn’t run anyone over but was attacked with bats while this idiot randomly shoots other protesters/rioters for no reason…yeah don’t think you understand what happened here

  3. Derrick Anderson says:

    Four counts of attempted first degree murder, two counts of first degree assault, collapsed into a narcissistic heap, didn’t call 911 to try and help his victims, tried to hide evidence by dumping shell casings, fleeing the scene with the gun, cops had to track him down on social media, didn’t turn himself in after being contacted by the police.

    It’s like he’s trying to maximize his DRDC inmate custody classification points.

    This kids life is officially over.

  4. 4488 says:

    I’m sure the nigs will welcome him with open arms in prison lol! TRUMP2020!!

  5. Phil McKracken says:

    “He looked horrified at what he had done” – Yep. Samuel Young, at age 23, just ruined the rest of his life. I hope it is a short one. :)

  6. Randy Lahey says:

    “The lawyer told CBS4’s Rick Sallinger his client has been labeled with a lot of negative things as a result of the incident including “white supremacist and terrorist” This statement coming from a bunch of oppressed, unemployed Caucasians who have no idea why they are out “protesting.” All these kids want to do is put their phones up in the air and record for “likes” on their instagram or facebook pages.

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