Somebody fired shots near a Denver protest six days ago. Police say they still don’t know much about that.

The Denver Police Department has little information to share.

Hundreds gather at the state Capitol to protest the death of George Floyd on Thursday, May 28, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Hundreds gather at the state Capitol to protest the death of George Floyd on Thursday, May 28, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Denver police say they are still searching for the person who shot in the direction of the Colorado Capitol on May 28 as protests over George Floyd’s killing ramped up.

At about 5:35 p.m. last Thursday, as people assembled for what would become a chaotic first night of protests, the shooter fired six or seven shots in the direction of the Capitol from the vicinity of 15th Street and West Colfax Avenue, police officials said.

Witnesses, including State Rep. Leslie Herod of Denver, said gunshots were “definitely” aimed a crowd on the Capitol’s west steps. CBS4 filmed people fleeing and ducking on the Capitol lawn. Police are treating the incident as an assault on the building itself, according to a DPD document that lists the crime as using a weapon to fire into an occupied building.

No police were present at 15th and Colfax when Denverite arrived at the scene about 40 minutes after shots were fired. The police department has surveillance cameras all over downtown, including one at 15th and Colfax near the Denver Post building. But officers have yet to identify a suspect.

“Investigators continue looking through HALO and surveillance video to help identify the suspect,” a spokesman said.

DPD refused to release the police report, citing an ongoing investigation.

He asked anyone with information to call 720-913-7867.

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