At 3:50 a.m., authorities responded to the 5200 block of West Bates in the Bear Valley neighborhood.

Officers found 15 -year-old Demetrius Paul Cruz suffering from gunshot wounds in the back. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he died a short time later.

Police continue to investigate his death.

A white vehicle is believed to be involved in the shooting and was seen fleeing the area prior to officers arriving.

If you have information regarding this homicide, call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You can text to: CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter your message or send an e-mail to If the information you provide leads to the arrest and charging of a wanted individual, you can receive a cash award up to $2,000.