DENVER - He was once a gang member, serving 11 years in prison for his crimes. Then, Terrance Roberts changed his life and dedicated his time fighting street violence. Now, he's accused of shooting someone on the streets.
"He got shot twice in the heart and several times in the stomach area," Jabulani Abdalla said.
Abdalla says his nephew 23-year-old Hasan Jones was shot by Roberts. He visited Alexander Saturday morning at the Denver Health Medical Center after his second surgery.
"He's in recovery. He's in critical condition," Abdalla said. "He recognized every one of us."
Abdalla said his nephew is still in critical condition with a 50-50 chance of surviving. He had just talked with Jones before he was shot.
"Then, I let him go and told him I loved him and we loved each other and I went home," Abdalla said. "About 30 minutes to an hour, I get a message that he was shot."
The shooting happened in the parking lot of the Boys and Girls Club at the Nancy P. Anschutz Center at the corner of 33rd Avenue and Holly Street.
"My family and I were all there last night for a community event," Sen. Mike Johnston, (D) Denver, said.
Johnston was there when the shooting happened. But, he can't talk about it because of the investigation. What he can talk about is the man he partnered with five years ago to try to stop gangs and violence in the Holly neighborhood.
"I think Terrance committed to the Holly because he wanted to make a place of promise and possibility," Johnston said. "I think after last night there's even a greater sense of urgency that we all recommit to that work."
Johnston and Roberts share office space in a community center in the Holly neighborhood. That's where Roberts runs a a program called the Prodigal Son Inititiative to help keep kids off the street.
Roberts was setting up for an event called the Black Unity Rally when police say he shot a man multiple times.
The 37-year-old community activist went before a judge Saturday morning to hear his charges. Terrance Terrell Roberts faces charges of attempted first-degree murder and assault. His bond was set at $100,000.
His father, George Roberts, said after court that his son was confronted by Alexander and his friends.
"When you got 30 young men wearing red shirts coming into your community and you're trying to give the unity in the community and you got gangbangers coming in there trying to destroy what you put together and then they're going to threaten you and scare you and threaten your life something is going to happen," George Roberts said.
Abdalla says that's not true. He says that's not what led to the shooting. And, he calls all of Roberts' anti-gang work, a fraud.
"Just like now, he had the meeting here and then all of a sudden, this action takes place," Abdalla said. "What is that saying? He was a lie from the beginning."
Terrance Roberts talked to 9NEWS off camera from the jail. He says he was getting ready for the Black Unity Rally when a group of 'blood' gang members surrounded him and he said he felt fearful for his life.
Abdalla hopes his nephew survives so he can tell his side of the story to police.
"I want to see this justice done and perpetration needs to be uncovered," Abdalla said.
Police arrived on scene and said they found the victim with multiple gunshot wounds.
Johnston wants to see an end to the violence.
"Most important thing is our thoughts and prayers are with the families that are broken on both sides of this tonight," Johnston said. "We got a long, long road ahead and they're gonna need us, not just tonight and tomorrow, but for years and years to come."
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