Police identify possible suspect in Colo. shooting

DENVER — Denver police Monday said they have learned the identity of a suspect seen on a YouTube video of people leaving a shooting at a marijuana celebration that wounded two people and scattered a crowd of thousands.

The man is shown walking away from the shooting scene as sirens wail in the background, Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said. The suspect is a described as an accomplice to the primary, unidentified suspect in the shooting who was wearing a blue hat, grey sweatshirt and black pants.

“We’ve identified the man. We’re not releasing his name because he’s not in custody yet,” Jackson said.

Saturday’s shooting happened at the end of an outdoor celebration of the first 4/20 counterculture holiday since Colorado legalized marijuana. A man and a woman suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds. A juvenile grazed by a bullet was treated at a nearby hospital, police said.

The police gang unit has taken over the investigation, although it isn’t yet clear if gangs were involved, Jackson said.

As was the case in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation, Denver police asked those at the rally to share anything they may have seen, photographed or recorded at the event.

“When gunfire happens people run away. Now that things have calmed down, we would like them to come back and talk to us,” Jackson said.

The jovial scene at the downtown Civic Center Park turned to panic when the shots were heard. Several thought firecrackers were being set off, then saw a man bleeding.


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