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Juvenile hurt in Denver shooting was 'innocent bystander'

A 20-year-old man and a juvenile male were shot just south of City Park Wednesday afternoon.
Credit: KUSA

DENVER — Police are investigating a shooting in Denver that left two people injured, including a Denver Public Schools (DPS) student.

The Denver Police Department (DPD) said the shooting happened around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday in the 2400-block of East Colfax Avenue, which is near the intersection with Josephine Street two blocks south of City Park.

DPD initially reported there were three victims, but said later Wednesday that there were two victims and they were both under the age of 18. Thursday morning, they said one of the victims was a 20-year-old man, and the other was under 18. The juvenile victim "appears to be an uninvolved bystander," DPD said.

A spokesman for DPS confirmed that one of the victims is a freshman at East High School

Both victims remained in the hospital as of Thursday morning. 

Police said it appears the shooting "stemmed from an altercation." Multiple witnesses told 9NEWS they saw or heard a fight involving teenagers prior to the shooting.  

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or visit metrodenvercrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers works by assigning a code to people who anonymously submit a tip. Information is shared with law enforcement, and Crime Stoppers is notified at the conclusion of the investigation. 

From there, an awards committee reviews the information provided and, if the information leads to an arrest, the tipster will be notified. Rewards can be collected using the code numbers received when the tip was originally submitted. 

> More information about Metro Denver Crime Stoppers can be found here. 

> Additional Crime Stoppers bulletins can be found here.

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