AURORA, Colo. — The Aurora Police Department (APD) was investigating a shooting at a large Juneteenth-related gathering early Sunday that left one man dead and four others injured.
About 4:19 a.m., APD's dispatch center received at least 50 calls of shots fired or an active shooter in a shopping mall parking lot at 12455 E. Mississippi Ave., police said in a news release. That's just east of South Peoria Street.
When officers responded, they found a large gathering and a man suffering from a gunshot wound. The man was taken to a hospital, where he later died of his injuries, APD said.
Four more victims -- three men and one woman -- got themselves to hospitals. Their injuries range from minor to serious and none are life-threatening, police said.
The shooting broke out at a gathering related to a Juneteenth celebration at the strip mall, APD said. There were multiple shooters, and 114 shell casings had been recovered at the scene, APD said.
The initial investigation showed that the gathering was inside a unit of the shopping mall. At some point, the organizers of the celebration began turning people away, which was when many attendees gathered in the parking lot.
It wasn't known who organized the gathering, or the name of the establishment in the unit, APD said.
No suspects were in custody, police said.
Investigators were continuing to interview witnesses to determine suspect descriptions, which APD said it will share once they're known.
Many of the businesses in the area of the shooting will be inaccessible on Sunday, according to APD. Anyone with a vehicle at the scene inside the crime scene can call the Public Safety Dispatch Center to get information on how to retrieve their vehicle.
Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman said on Twitter on Sunday that he's requested Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson brief the City Council on gun violence in the city.
Anyone with information on the shooting can contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or at metrodenvercrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.
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 are 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.
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This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.
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