One person wounded after shooting at downtown Denver homeless encampment

Area where shooting occurred 'permanently closed' to camping after city-organized sweep
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Posted at 3:09 PM, Nov 18, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-19 17:18:39-05

DENVER — Police in Denver are investigating a shooting at a downtown homeless encampment that left one person wounded Saturday afternoon.

The shooting occurred in the 2000 block of 20th Street near the downtown US Post Office.

Police said the shooting victim was transported to the hospital. Their condition is not known.

The area where the shooting occurred was "permanently closed" to camping after a city-organized sweep earlier in November that brought 61 people indoors.

"They're just kind of shuffling them around, instead of taking care of the problem," said Diana Brock, who's been increasingly concerned about the growing encampment right outside the Post Office.

Brock said she knows employees who work at the office who are also worried for their safety.

"They have to load up their trucks once they get the mail and packages, and they have to look and see all this that's going on and deal with it," said Brock.

One person wounded after shooting at downtown Denver homeless encampment

Brock worries that safety in the area isn't being prioritized enough by Denver Mayor Mike Johnston's Homeless Initiative.

"He's not taking care of the people who work down there who have to deliver mail around there who come in to get their mail and their packages," said Brock. "I know, it takes time. But when that many people are affected, in one block, by a situation, you need to hit it with gangbusters, and just get all your forces and get out there and remedy the situation."

Denver7 reached out to the Mayor's Office and the Postal Service about the safety concerns on Saturday afternoon. This article will be updated when we hear back.

Police say no arrests have been made.

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