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114 shell casings recovered at site of deadly shooting outside Aurora Juneteenth celebration

Published: Jun. 20, 2021 at 8:48 AM MDT|Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 6:00 AM MDT
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AURORA, Colo. (KKTV) - One person is dead and four others hurt after multiple shooters opened fire in a strip mall parking lot in Aurora early Sunday morning.

The phone began ringing off the hook at Aurora’s Public Safety Dispatch Center just after 4:15 a.m. on reports of gunshots and a possible active shooter.

“The Public Safety Dispatch Center received at least 50 calls for service,” the Aurora Police Department said.

There was a huge crowd in the mall parking lot when officers pulled up. Police were able to find one shooting victim on the ground suffering serious injuries and performed CPR until medical arrived. He later died at an area hospital.

Four others, three men and a woman, were also shot but transported themselves to hospitals before police arrived. All are expected to survive.

Police say the crowd at the mall had been there for a Juneteenth celebration, which grew so large it began overflowing into the parking lot. This was not affiliated with the city-sponsored Juneteenth event, which took place Saturday afternoon at the Town Center of Aurora.

“At some point earlier in the evening presumed organizers of the celebration began denying access to the unit. This led many attendees to gather in the parking lot. It is currently unknown who organized the gathering or the name of the establishment in the unnamed unit,” police said in a news release Sunday afternoon.

Witnesses say there were multiple shooters. Officers collected 114 shell casing at the scene.

Early on, police thought the shooting may have been gang-related, but it’s not clear from the APD’s update whether that is still suspected.

We will continue to update this article as we learn more.

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