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4 injured in downtown Denver shooting

The shooting happened near the intersection of 18th and Blake streets near Union Station, Denver Police said.

DENVER — One of four people injured in a shooting near Union Station early Monday morning said he was sleeping in his car when he was clipped in the shoulder by a bullet.

Denver Police said the shooting happened around 1:50 a.m. near the intersection of 18th and Blake streets in Denver's Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhood. That's just a few blocks from Union Station.

Juanes Francisco said he was one of the victims. He said he'd been out drinking the night before and didn't want to drive home, so decided to stay in his car where it was parked downtown. 

He said he was asleep in the front seat when a bullet clipped the back of his shoulder.

"I was just really confused and, like I said, I didn’t know I got shot until one of the officers said, 'hey, you gotta go to the hospital,'" Francisco said.

Francisco was released from the hospital Monday. Other than feeling a little bit weird, he said he's doing OK.

"I am very incredibly grateful that I am living and onto better things," he said.

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The other victims, who were all adults, were also taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Responding to a question on Twitter about a "shot up Cadillac" on York Street between 18th and 19th Avenue near City Park, police said officers were investigating it in connection to the shooting.

Police said there are no suspects in custody. They did not release any suspect information or any additional information on the circumstances surrounding the shooting. 

Credit: Chris Hansen
Denver Police investigate a shooting at 18th and Blake streets on Monday, Jan. 9.

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 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. 

Credit: Chris Hansen
Denver Police investigate a shooting at 18th and Blake streets on Monday, Jan. 9.


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