By Jennifer McRae

DENVER (CBS4) – The woman who was shot in the head on Colfax Avenue last weekend has died. The Denver Officer of the Medical Examiner identified the victim as Pamela Cabriales.

Pamela Cabriales (credit: GoFundMe)

Cabriales, 32, suffered at least one gunshot wound to the head last Saturday night. Denver police arrested Neshan Johnson, 18, in connection with the shooting. He was being held on attempted murder charges but the district attorney is expected to amend those charges now that the victim has died.

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Cabriales leaves behind a 6-year-old son. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help secure his future.

According to police documents, Johnson was seen by a witness exiting a dark-colored, four-door Honda, walking up to the passenger side of the woman’s 2008 Range Rover, firing an estimated six rounds into it, and then returning to his vehicle which continued west on Colfax Avenue. This happened at 10:45 p.m. Saturday while both vehicles were westbound on West Colfax above Interstate 25.

Police officers found the injured woman’s Range Rover sitting in the right lane. They found eight bullet holes in the windshield and two shell casings in the street in front of the car.

One minute past midnight, DPD Officer Katie Phillips found the dark-colored, four-door Honda going north on Federal Boulevard near Exposition Avenue. Phillips, who had investigated a shooting at a McDonald’s restaurant’s drive-thru the previous evening, recognized the vehicle from the restaurant’s surveillance images. The license plate also matched, per DPD’s documents.

Phillips followed the suspect vehicle and eventually began a commander-authorized pursuit when it did not pull over.

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As it traveled north on Tejon Street, the Honda crashed into a large wooden pole, hit a fire hydrant, and slammed through a chain link fence. The vehicle came to rest in the front yard of 1595 West Byers Place. Officer Phillips reported three males got out and ran from the car.

Neshan Johnson

Neshan Johnson (credit: Denver Police)

DPD officers locked down the area and found Johnson hiding behind a shed a few houses away. More than a dozen rounds of ammunition had been thrown inside the shed, per police documents.

In the back seat of the Honda, police found two AR-15 rifles. Two juveniles also in the Honda were arrested.

In the Friday evening incident at McDonald’s, a passenger exited a Honda after arguing with a drive-thru employee and pointed a handgun at several employees. He fired three shots into the restaurant before the Honda, which was reported stolen out of Aurora, drove off. No one was injured.

That Honda is also believed to be involved in a northeast Denver shooting on Thursday.


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Jennifer McRae