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Man fatally shot in Aurora Wednesday identified, suspect in custody

Robert Junior Cain, 25, was found around 3:30 a.m. with a gunshot in the 300 block of South Salem Street.
Credit: KUSA

AURORA, Colo. — A man who was fatally shot early Wednesday morning in Aurora has been identified.

Around 3:30 a.m. officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 300 block of South Salem Street, the Aurora Police Department (APD) said in a release. That's near East Alameda Avenue and South Peoria Street.

When the officers arrived they found the victim lying outside with gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and was later pronounced dead. 

The victim was identified as 25-year-old Robert Junior Cain by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office. His death was ruled a homicide due to multiple gunshot wounds.

APD announced Wednesday evening that C Vontae Smith, 22, had been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. Police said he and the victim were acquaintances.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. By submitting your tips through Crime Stoppers, tipsters could be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 and may remain anonymous.

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers works by assigning a code to people who anonymously submit a tip. Information is shared with law enforcement, and Crime Stoppers is notified at the conclusion of the investigation. 

From there, an awards committee reviews the information provided and, if the information leads to an arrest, the tipster will be notified. Rewards can be collected using the code numbers received when the tip was originally submitted. 

> More information about Metro Denver Crime Stoppers can be found here. 

> Additional Crime Stoppers bulletins can be found here. 

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