A gun contest on a downtown Denver street this week that left one person dead and four injured originated from an exchange of gunfire between two rival gang members, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday.
immediately after 4 p.m. on Monday, gunfire erupted in Denver’s LoDo section, about two blocks from Coors Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies.
One victim was declared dead at the scene and four people were injured, including one of the alleged gunmen, with what police stated were non-life-threatening injuries.
The name of the person killed has not been reviewed, but the local CBS News associate, citing unnamed sources, said the individual was a bystander.
Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen stated on Tuesday that investigators arrested Josh Hayward, 24, a day after he escaped the shooting scene in a vehicle.
Pazen stated one of the injured men, Dashae Armstrong, was taken into federal custody on a weapons desecration.
On Wednesday, U.S. Prosecutor Jason Dunn stated in a statement that Armstrong, a Tre Deuce Crip gang member, exchanged gunfire with Hayward, who belongs to the rival Tre Tre Crip gang.
Armstrong, 23, was detained by federal authorities after he was treated at a hospital for a gunshot injury to the leg, Dunn said.
Armstrong has two isolated felony convictions in 2013 and 2014 for delivery of a controlled substance, the statement said. The felony philosophy bar him from owning firearms under federal law.
Hayward is being detained without bond in the Denver County jail on trace of first-degree murder, jail records showed. He has not been legally charged, according to a spokesman for the Denver District Attorney’s Office.
Both men made their first court attendances in the separate jurisdictions on Wednesday. Armstrong is set for a custody hearing in U.S. District Court next Tuesday, and if penalised of the firearms charge, faces a maximum 10-year prison sentence and up to $250,000 in fines.
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Hayward faces a obligatory life sentence without the possibility of parole if sentenced of the first-degree murder charge.
Dunn said that the investigation was a collective effort between the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Denver Police.