DENVER — A man is facing multiple charges in connection with a shooting that killed one person outside an east Denver restaurant and bar early Monday morning, the Denver Police Department said.
Police said the shooting happened just after 12:30 am. outside Lempira restaurant and bar, which is on Uinta Street in the East Colfax neighborhood. The suspect, 23-year-old Dante Pacheco-Rodriguez, is being held on one count of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder. Police said Pacheco-Rodriguez is a security guard at the business.
According to an arrest affidavit, the shooting was captured by bar surveillance cameras and by a HALO camera at the intersection of Uinta and Colfax. The HALO video showed "a rather large disturbance and physical altercation spill out of the bar" around 12:30 a.m., the affidavit says.
Police said a group of five men was associated with a red pickup truck that was parked across Uinta from the bar. The suspect can be seen "interacting with" that group, and at one point, the group hid on the far side of the truck, as if taking cover, the affidavit says. At 12:31 a.m., police said, the suspect fired at the truck about three times.
At 12:35 a.m., police said, all five people were in the truck, and the driver began pulling away, headed southbound. The suspect fired about three more shots at the truck as it left, police said.
The truck stopped about a block away on Uinta Street. When police arrived, they found the victim on the ground near the truck. He had a single gunshot wound to his torso, police said. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was identified as 34-year-old Byron Garcia Ramirez.
Police said it appears the victim was driving the truck, and the gunshot hit him in the back as he drove away.
Police said no one else in the truck was hit by the shots.
Officers found Pacheco-Rodriguez in the parking lot of the bar. He was bleeding from the head and said he'd been assaulted, police said. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for a cut on the back of his head, then taken to police headquarters. He was booked into jail and is set to appear in court Tuesday.
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