Man who fired shots during Elijah McClain protest in Aurora charged with attempted first-degree murder

Samuel Alvin Young, 23, of Wheat Ridge, faces eight total felony charges.

Emergency response vehicles on I-225 in Aurora after a driver sped into protesters on July 25, 2020. The woman below fell from the highway soon after the driver passed and a protester began firing a gun.

Emergency response vehicles on I-225 in Aurora after a driver sped into protesters on July 25, 2020. The woman below fell from the highway soon after the driver passed and a protester began firing a gun.

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A man who police said fired shots during an Elijah McClain demonstration on a highway in Aurora last month is facing four attempted murder charges, the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s office announced on Monday.

Samuel Alvin Young, 23, of Wheat Ridge, faces four counts of attempted murder, as well as two counts of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon and two counts of first-degree assault with extreme indifference. All are felony charges.

During the demonstration on July 25, protesters marched on I-225 near Alameda Avenue and blocked traffic while calling for police accountability in McClain’s death.

During the demonstration, a driver in a Jeep tried to drive toward protesters; police said they’re investigating and have already spoken to the driver and impounded the vehicle. Young shot at the car while it drove past protesters, according to the arrest affidavit submitted by Aurora police. Young called police and identified himself as the person of interest in the case.

One person was shot in the leg, while another person was shot near the temple of their head. The Jeep had a driver and a passenger.

Young was arrested by Aurora police on July 27. He is free on a $75,000 bond.

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