Police ID sleeping teen killed in Denver shooting

Sleeping teen killed in overnight shooting

DENVER - A 15-year-old girl was shot to death early Wednesday morning when someone fired a gun into her family's southwest Denver apartment.

The teenager was later identified as Kashmier Lujan-Taylor.

Denver Police believe the family was targeted, but do not have any suspects or motive.

Fred Garcia was just getting to bed around 3:20 a.m. when he heard someone firing a gun outside his bedroom window in Southwest Denver.

"Like a, 'pop, pop, pop, pop.' Then it stopped for about three seconds then, 'pop, pop, pop, pop, pop.' It was probably, eight, 10, 12 shots," he described. 

His wife thought it might be firecrackers.

"It was a loud noise and it seemed real close," said Molly Garcia.

When the Garcias looked outside, they saw police just yards from their front porch with flashlights searching inside the one bedroom apartment and out on the street.

In the daylight, 20 evidence markers were scattered on West Dakota Avenue. Multiple bullets went through the window, front door and wall.

"At this time we don't believe it's random just based of the number of gunshots that struck the residence," said Denver Police Commander Barb Archer.

Four children and two adults were inside. Lujan-Taylor was struck at least once as she slept.

"It's sad to me that that's someone's way of dealing with a situation. The tragic result is now we have dead 15-year-old girl," said Archer.

The next door neighbor did not want to speak on camera but said he was awake and he and his roommate jumped to the floor when he heard the shots.

When the police arrived he heard the Lujan-Taylor's mother say: "They got my baby."

Grieving family members spoke with a police sergeant who comforted them and even hugged the two men.

One of them said the girl's sweet 16 was going to happen next week.

"It is sad especially when it happens to a young girl like that. It's very sad. You just wonder why, you know? Why so young?" said Molly Garcia.

It's something Denver police say they're trying to figure out.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP. You can remain anonymous.

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