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Suspect arrested in fatal shooting in Aurora shopping center parking lot

The victim and suspect were among a group drinking outside a bar when an argument escalated into a shooting, according to the arrest affidavit.

AURORA, Colo. — A fatal shooting in the parking lot outside an Aurora bar started with what appeared to be "heated words" among a group on the bar's patio, according to the arrest affidavit in the case.

Aaron Jermaine Harmon, 41, was killed in the shooting about 1:45 a.m. Sunday outside the Oasis Grill at East Mississippi Avenue and South Chambers Road, according to the Aurora Police Department (APD).

When officers arrived on scene, they found Harmon with life-threatening injuries. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

On Wednesday, officers arrested Eric Lenzy Morris, 43, on suspicion of first-degree murder, APD said. Morris was scheduled to appear in court on Friday morning.

Credit: Aurora Police Department
Eric Lenzy Morris

According to the affidavit, several men, including the victim and the suspect, were talking and drinking on the patio of the Oasis Grill.

About a minute before the shooting, it appeared heated words were exchanged, and the suspect was seen on a surveillance camera making a fist and punching his other hand.

The group went into the parking lot, where it appeared on surveillance camera that Morris pulled out a gun and shot the victim. After that, he got into a silver Chevrolet Silverado and drove away, the affidavit says.

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