DENVER (CBS4)– Police in Denver have arrested Elijah Hood, the suspect in the shooting deaths of two adults and one child in a northeast Denver apartment last month. The victims have been identified as Denise Hood, her grandson Donn’e Allen and 4-year-old great-grandson Me’khi Parham Allen.
Police said that Elijah Hood was tracked down after Metro Crime Stoppers received multiple tips that identified the suspect as “EJ,” which matches the suspect’s first and middle initial.
Hood, 24, is the nephew of Denise Hood, one of the victims.
The victims were found shot and killed April 26 inside a northeast Denver apartment near 60th Avenue and Ceylon Street. Investigators said that several shell casings were recovered inside the apartment, which led them to believe the shooting happened inside.
“Our homicide department detectives and sergeants have spoken to the family. There is a sense of relief. They’re still processing this horrific incident but there is always a sense of relief when someone that did something is in custody,” said Denver Police Division Chief Joe Montoya.
Investigators said they took Hood into custody on Sunday after they tracked him to an apartment near Tamarac and Hampden. He faces three counts of first-degree murder.
“There’s some indication that they had a falling out. what we don’t know is to what level that was,” said Montoya.
Last week, the reward in the case was increased to $10,000 through Metro Crime Stoppers.
Elijah Hood has a criminal record that includes drugs, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, violation of protection order, possession of a large-capacity magazine, second-degree kidnapping and aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. Five days before the triple shooting occurred, Hood was found to be in violation of previous terms for the possession of a weapon by a previous juvenile offender and re-sentenced.