AURORA, Colo. — Aurora police on Monday said they arrested a 16-year-old male on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder after five people were injured in a weekend shooting.
Police responded to the shooting just before 11 p.m. Saturday at the Courtyards at Buckley apartments in the 17100 block of East Adriatic Place, near Buckley Road and Iliff Avenue, where they found three people suffering from gunshot wounds.
Two more victims had already left the scene in a private vehicle and were later admitted to an area hospital, according to the Aurora Police Department (APD).
"This investigation is a top priority for our agency. We have all of our resources working around the clock right now conducting interviews and collecting evidence," said interim police Chief Vanessa Wilson in a statement. "We need the community to come together with us to stop this senseless violence to protect our youth. We continue to ask anyone with information to please call us with any information they may have."
APD said evidence suggests the shooting took place inside one of the apartments.
The victims included two adult males and three juveniles — two females and one male — according to APD. All five victims were in serious condition at area hospitals but were expected to survive. Police said all three juvenile victims are over the age of 16.
Police said there were likely multiple suspects. One suspect was described as a black male wearing a yellow-hooded sweatshirt, according to APD. Police did not release descriptions of any other possible suspects.
Because of the age of the suspect arrested, APD said they will not be releasing his name or photo at this time.
"We understand that an incident like this can be unnerving to those who live in the area. Our top priority right now is to ensure the safety of our residents and to identify the ones responsible for this and quickly arrest them," APD Public Information Officer Matthew Longshore wrote in a press release. "We will also be increasing police patrols in the area and officers from the District 3 Police Area Representative Unit (PAR) will be spending their day in the neighborhood."
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact Agent Barchetti at 303-739-1836. You can also call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. Tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.
The case will be prosecuted by the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office.
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