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Teens charged with attempted murder for shooting near Brighton school

Jayden Garcia and Dakarei Jackson Edwards each face five counts of attempted murder for the shooting that injured one person.

BRIGHTON, Colo. — Two teens are charged as adults with multiple counts of attempted murder for their suspected roles in a shooting that occurred outside Prairie View High School in Brighton earlier this month.

The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office announced the charges Wednesday against 16-year-old Jayden Garcia and 17-year-old Dakarei Jackson Edwards.

Both are charged with the following:

  • Five counts of attempted first-degree murder 
  • Possession of a handgun by a juvenile 

The shooting happened around 12:30 p.m. on March 15 in the area of South Ninth Avenue and Bush Street in Brighton, according to the Brighton Police Department (BPD). When officers arrived, they found shell casings in an intersection but didn't find any suspects or victims.

One victim took themselves to urgent care with a gunshot wound that was not life-threatening, according to police.   

Garcia and Edwards were arrested a day after the shooting. Both were booked into Prairie Vista Youth Services Detention Center, BPD said. They're next due in court on May 4. Six others taken into custody on the day of the shooting were released after questioning, according to police.

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