GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – Police in Golden are investigating an attempted escape at Lookout Mountain Youth Services Center. Police say a vehicle was seen outside of the facility early Wednesday morning.

Officers responded to 2901 Ford Street, the location of Campus at Lookout Mountain, on reports of shots fired in relation to an alleged attempted escape at 6:22 a.m.

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Ernesto Ontiveros (credit: Golden Police)

Police say a gold-colored Lexus SUV with a bicycle rack was in the parking lot on the north side of the campus. The vehicle then drove around to the west side of the campus on a maintenance access road. That’s when 2 or 3 individuals, presumed to be males, dressed in dark clothing, go out of the vehicle.

They used a bag filled with rocks to throw an orange-colored rope over the fence.

As this was happening, a resident of the campus, later identified as Ernesto Ontiveros, 18, was being moved from the housing unit to the dining hall for breakfast. Police said that he ran from staff and towards the fence. Staff was able to contain him.

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That’s when a maintenance worker who was on the grounds heard a gunshot and someone say, “Get back” followed by a second gunshot. That’s when the people got back inside the SUV and drove away.

Police recovered two 380 shell casings in the vicinity of where the vehicle was seen. No one at the facility was injured.

Ontiveros was booked into the Jeffeson County Jail on attempted escape charges. He was being held at the Lookout Mountain facility for attempted homicide.

The gold Lexus SUV and individuals are still on the run.

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Jesse Sarles