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Suspect arrested after 39-year-old man killed in 'brazen' Fort Collins shooting

Police are looking into whether the July 19 shooting is connected to an earlier homicide on July 5.

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Just over 24 hours after a man was fatally shot outside a Fort Collins McDonald's, Fort Collins Police (FCPS) announced that they've made an arrest in connection with the killing.

Around 11 a.m. on July 19, officers with FCPS responded to a report of a shooting in the 2400 block of South College Avenue and found a man dead outside a McDonald's restaurant. 

The death is being investigated as a homicide. The Larimer County Coroner’s office identified the man killed as 39-year-old Christopher J. Johnson.

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FCPS released photos of the suspect late Monday night and around 2 p.m. Tuesday said a suspect had been arrested. The suspect was identified as 28-year-old Victor Corwin. Corwin is being held without bond in the Larimer County Detention Center on suspicion of first-degree murder along with other possible charges.

Credit: Larimer County Sheriff's Office
Victor Corwin
Credit: FCPS
The suspect and his vehicle, which was stolen, according to FCPS.

FCPS said they're also looking into whether the July 19 shooting is related to an earlier homicide. Todd Stout, 58, was found stabbed to death under a bridge in the 4600 block of Mason Street near the South Transit Center on July 5.

In both cases, the victims were experiencing homelessness, according to FCPS.

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Anyone with information about either of these two crimes is asked to contact the FCPS Tip Line at 970-416-2825 or tipsline@fcgov.com. 

People who wish to remain anonymous can also contact Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868. Anyone who provides information leading to the identification and arrest of a suspect, in this case, may be eligible for a cash reward.

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