A teen has died, another may be paralyzed and a man is in custody in wake of a shooting that happened early Sunday morning northwest of City Park.
A 14-year-old boy first called Denver Police Dispatch just after 2:08 a.m., saying that he had been shot and his friend was dead. A police report indicates officers used Shot Spotter to find the victims in a backyard in the 2800 block of Race Street.
Both of the victims were taken to Denver Health Medical Center, where Keylin Mosley, 15, was pronounced dead. The other was listed in critical condition. His mother told investigators that he suffered gunshot wounds so serious he may be paralyzed from the waist down.
A suspect, identified as 48-year-old Keith Hammock, has since been taken into custody.
Marijuana plants were found in the backyard where the shooting happened, according to Denver Police. Hammock, who lived on the property, told police somebody had jumped over his fence and gotten into his backyard.
He later saw the two boys laying on the ground, and declined to answer additional questions from investigators without an attorney, according to the police report.
During a search of Hammock’s bedroom, police found two long rifles, spent cartridge casings and a box of 22-caliber ammunition. The police report says investigators also noticed that the window was open and the screen appeared to have been damaged.
Police say Hammock appeared shocked when told he was being questioned as part of a homicide investigation.
No additional details about the case were immediately available.