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Deputies identify suspect wanted for shooting woman and businesses

Witnesses reported the suspect was targeting a specific car when the stray bullets hit the victim and businesses, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

DENVER — Authorities are looking for a suspect after a woman was shot in a retail area Wednesday near 53rd Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded just after 10:30 a.m. to a report of shots fired in the 5300 block of Sheridan Boulevard on the border with Adams County. They confirmed the shots were fired from the Sheridan Estates mobile home park.

Witnesses reported the suspect fired shots at a specific car that was the target of the shooting. However, another car that was waiting at a traffic light on Sheridan Boulevard and a woman in a business across the street were hit by stray bullets. 

The woman, who was hit by two gunshots, was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. It appeared that several businesses were also damaged by gunshots, the Sheriff's Office said.

The woman whose car was hit by a stray bullet said she heard what sounded like an explosion, and didn't realize it was her car getting shot while she was in it. 

Witnesses said the business where the victim got shot is a fitness studio with Zumba classes.

"I know it's not only the hot dog place or the Zumba place," said the witness whose car was shot. "Or a Walmart or a movie theater. It’s like, 'Where can I go? Where can we go that is safe?'"

Investigators on Thursday said they were looking for 36-year-old Diego Sanchez. They said Sanchez should be considered to be armed. 

Credit: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Sanchez is described as being 6-feet tall, 185 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. The sheriff's office said he may be driving a gold-colored 1995 Chevy Cavalier that has a red hood. The car's license plate is 894-WCV. Sanchez may also be in a blue 1979 Oldsmobile Omega with plate CDW-442.

Anyone with information on Sanchez's location is asked to call 911.

Credit: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

There was heavy law enforcement activity in the 5300 block of Sheridan Boulevard, which reopened after it was briefly closed in both directions.

Credit: KUSA


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