Police say lethal shooting in Aurora late Tuesday may be connected to hit-and-run car crash


AURORA | Aurora police are trying to sort out a late-Tuesday shooting and related car crash that left an unidentified man dead.

Police said the man, 63, was found suffering from a gunfire wound about 11 p.m., lying in the road near East 16th Avenue and Lansing Street. 

He later died at a nearby hospital from injuries sustained during the shooting, police said in a Tweet Wednesday morning.

Police said it appears that someone involved in the shooting may be related to a two-car crash at East Montview Boulevard and Peoria Street, fleeing the scene before rescuers arrived. 

“A white truck was located nearby that had been involved in a crash,” police said in a statement. “The truck was stolen and unoccupied. Detectives have towed this vehicle and will process it, but we are uncertain if this vehicle is directly related to this homicide.”

Police said the homicide is the first in Aurora for 2022.

Police said there are so far no suspects or further details.  “If anyone in the area has surveillance footage, or witnessed anything, please call 303-627-3100.”

Anyone with information is also asked to contact 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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1 year ago

There is a very familiar and reoccurring theme in this story. The vehicle was stolen. Everyone seems to want to keep complaining about uncontrolled firearms on the streets. The proliferation of stolen vehicles in Aurora has hit new all time records. Many of these are left abandoned on Aurora streets and there all over and easy to recognize. Either no plates, or some phonyed-up counterfeit temp plate. This is no surprise on the Nextdoor app with people and the steady abandoned car complaints. And the city seems to either ignore, or flat unwilling to what they are hired to minimize this situation with their parking enforcement.Yet it’s become about as deceptive as the temp-tags on the streets.