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Victim identified in deadly East Denver shooting

Eric Cobain, 49, was arrested in the fatal shooting of Melissa Wright, police said.

DENVER — A suspect was arrested Sunday in connection with a shooting Friday night in the area of Pontiac Street and East Lowry Boulevard, according to the Denver Police Department (DPD).

Eric Cobain, 49, was arrested late Sunday near the 700 block of Kipling Street in Lakewood, DPD said. Cobain was being held in the Denver jail for investigation of first-degree murder.

DPD responded to the shooting about 11:45 p.m. Friday. The victim, identified as 41-year-old Melissa Wright, died at the scene, which was just west of South Quebec Street, police said.

DPD did not initially release the suspect's photo or additional information on the circumstances of the shooting due to the ongoing investigation.

The Aurora Police Department (APD) said officers had responded to a report of concerning text messages involving Cobain late Friday or early Saturday. APD said officers didn't locate him.

Credit: Denver Police Department
Eric Cobain

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or visit 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. 

> Additional Crime Stoppers bulletins can be found here. 

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