2 dead in 4 separate shootings in Aurora

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Posted at 10:39 AM, Dec 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-27 12:05:44-05

AURORA, Colo. — Police in Aurora are investigating four separate shootings that left two men dead and wounded two others Saturday night through Sunday evening.

The first shooting occurred Christmas night at the Chelsea Park Village Apartments, located at 86 N. Oakland St.

Around 6:30 p.m., the Aurora Police Department received reports of a shooting and officers responded to the apartment complex to find a 35-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was transported to the hospital where he later died.

Police said an argument between the victim and the alleged shooter, a 33-year-old man, led up to the incident. The two men, who were known to each other, began arguing outside the complex when both men produced firearms, according to the department.

Police said the 33-year-old man was not injured and is cooperating with investigators. Police said they are actively working to determine who the primary aggressor is and the circumstances leading up to the shots being fired, but no arrests have been made at this moment.

The second shooting happened just before 1 a.m. Sunday and took place in the 14000 block of East Iowa Drive. A woman was shot and transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspected shooter was detained on scene and was eventually arrested. He was identified as Fernando Magana-Plancarte, 52. He was booked into the Aurora Detention Center on charges of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment, the department said in a release.

Officers were back at the scene Sunday morning after residents discovered a gun on the ground. A woman who lives nearby and did not want to be identified told Denver7 the recent violence is reason enough to want to leave the area.

"I don't know what's going on, but I think every day it's gonna get worse," the woman said. "You never get surprised because this happens all the time every weekend."

The third shooting occurred around 1:30 a.m. Sunday in the 14000 block of E. 22nd Place. A man was shot and transported to the hospital where he is expected to survive, police said. No arrests were made.

The fourth shooting happened around 10:45 p.m. Sunday along the 900 block of S. Peoria Street. Police found a 57-year-old man at the scene with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. The suspect left the scene before officers arrived, police said. Detectives from APD's Major Crimes Homicide Unit were investigating this shooting. The man has not been identified.

Anyone who witnessed these shootings or has information about them should call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. By using Crime Stoppers, tipsters can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.