One dead, five injured in shooting near East Colfax. No arrests made, police say.

Denver police are investigating a shooting on the 1400 block of Verbena St.

Denver Police vehicles at the scene of a shooting near East Colfax Ave. on Nov. 1, 2022.

Denver Police vehicles at the scene of a shooting near East Colfax Ave. on Nov. 1, 2022.

Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite

UPDATED at 10:48 a.m. on Nov. 2: Denver Police have so far made no arrests in connection to yesterday’s deadly shooting. In a statement, the department said officers recovered a black Ford Explorer on the 3900 block of N. Colorado Blvd., near Commerce City, that the suspected shooters used to escape the scene of the shooting.

Two of the surviving shooting victims were released from the hospital; three remain and are expected to survive.

Our original story follows below.

 


 

Denver Police are investigating a shooting on the 1400 block of Verbena St. near East Colfax Ave. that left one person dead and five injured.

Major Crimes Denver Police Commander Matt Clark said “the incident occurred in one of the city’s hotspots” where there is a heavier police presence. Officers are currently searching for three suspects, though police were not able to provide a description of them.

Clark said the suspects were driving north on Verbena St. and stopped at Colfax Ave. They exited the vehicle and began firing at a group of people standing near the intersection.

Clark said police received a report of more than six gun shots shortly after 1:50 p.m. in the area. Police then received multiple calls that several people had been shot.

Police tape cordons off the scene of a deadly shooting near East Colfax Ave. on Nov. 1, 2022.

Police tape cordons off the scene of a deadly shooting near East Colfax Ave. on Nov. 1, 2022.

Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite

Police found a victim dead and five others injured when they arrived at the scene, Clark said. Three were taken to the hospital and are in critical condition; one is stable and one had injuries that were not life-threatening.

Keisha Jones, a mother of three and who has lived in the area for a couple of years, said she’s not surprised by the shooting.

“There’s always crime over here in this area,” Kiesha Jones said. “I don’t even let my kids come outside ’cause it’s so dangerous over here.”

Jones said the cost of living is why she lives there. She hopes to move to a safer neighborhood once her lease is up at the end of the year.

“It’s horrible over here,” Jones said. “If I have to get another job or two or three, I will move outta this area.”

Clark said investigators are currently interviewing witnesses, and added that they do not currently have a motive for the shooting. He also said there was no apparent connection or conflict between the victims and the suspected shooters, and police have not made any arrests.

East Colfax Ave. was still closed eastbound Tuesday night from Uinta to Wabash Streets. Westbound lanes on East Colfax Ave. have reopened. Verbena St. is closed from 14th to 16th streets.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 if they have information about the suspects.

This is a developing story. This story and its headline have been updated with the most recent information regarding the number of victims. 

Weird times

Denverite is powered by you. In these weird times, the local vigilance, the local context, the local flavor — it’s powered through your donations. If you’d miss Denverite if it disappeared tomorrow, donate today.

You’re our superpower

Denverite supporters have made the decision to financially support local journalism that matters to you. Ready to tell your networks why? Sharing our “About” page with your own personal comments could really help us out.

You’re our superpower

Denverite members have made the decision to financially support local journalism that matters to you. Ready to tell your networks why? Sharing our “About” page with your own personal comments could really help us out.