Aurora police say street racing may be connected to man shot dead on I-70 driving wife, 3 children

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AURORA | Police said a man driving a pick-up truck with his wife and three children inside was shot dead while driving on I-70 in Aurora Saturday evening, apparently connected to what police describe as street racers on the interstate.

A woman called dispatchers at about 5:30 p.m. saying a man driving a pickup on eastbound I-70 just west of the Colfax exit had been shot.

“Officers located an adult male in the driver side of the pickup truck suffering from an apparent gunshot wound,” Aurora police said in a statement later Saturday. “This male was tragically pronounced deceased.”

The man apparently was driving when two cars street racing on the interstate drove near him, firing “several” shots into the man’s truck and striking him.

Others in the truck were not injured, police said.

Police did not say how the man nor someone in the car managed to safely stop the truck on the highway shoulder.

“Preliminary investigation is that there were potential street racers on the highway, a white sedan and a black sedan might be involved,” Aurora Police Officer Elizabeth McGregor said in a statement. “It appears that the Dodge Ram was not involved in the street racing.”

It’s unclear whether the man was purposely shot.

“After further investigating, it was found that the family in the (pickup truck) was in fact from in-state but not from the metro area,” police said in a tweet on Sunday. “The family was traveling through the metro area at the time of the incident.”

Coroner officials will release the name of the slain man at a later date.

Street racing in Aurora and Denver, especially in the area near the shooting, has been a problem for several months.

Police in both cities say they’ve dedicated special resources to addressing the problem.

Police said anyone with information cal call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. Tipsters can remain anonymous and still be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000, police said.

 

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Owen
Owen
5 months ago

That isn’t street racing lol

Tyler
Tyler
5 months ago
Reply to  Owen

That’s is it then

Jugs
Jugs
5 months ago
Reply to  Tyler

i think the main idea here is the danger caused by people who were street racing now is generalizing the category as a whole of street racers, most of whom would never hurt a soul on purpose. but it makes a connection that attempts to tie danger and guns to street racers when in reality anyone can shoot someone independent of if they are racing or not.

Jeff Brown
Jeff Brown
5 months ago
Reply to  Jugs

I must call BS about never hurting a soul. If you need to use a public highway to get your jollies or prove to people how fast you can drive, you don’t give a rodent’s gluteus about anyone’s safety or soul. Please get help before you kill someone.

Barb Haines
Barb Haines
5 months ago

We just spent time with this family last week end, can not believe this bullshit is going on, why would you street race on such a busy highway but even more important… why bring a gun and shoot!!!???
These people responsible need to get what our friends got, just freaking shoot the asshole. 😡

Robert Smith
Robert Smith
5 months ago

Great opportunity for APD to justify pursuing street racers instead of investigating over 500 violent crimes in Aurora, in the last 30 days. There is a reason there are a lot of missing details from this incident.

TS Morr
5 months ago

This is what happens in society when police chiefs and public officials kiss the a$$ of the woke crowd, and in turn tie the hands of the police. Society reaps what it sews, and now another family of a good person has to mourn the loss of their loved one at the hands of thugs that have the ability to do whatever they want because the police have been made out to be the evil ones.