Man dies following overnight shooting in Aurora, police investigating

Suspect arrested on one count of first-degree murder
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Posted at 9:21 AM, Dec 28, 2022
and last updated 2023-01-03 11:59:10-05

AURORA, Colo. — Police in Aurora are investigating the deadly shooting of a man early Wednesday morning.

Officers responded to the 300 block of South Salem Street, near the intersection of East Alameda Avenue and South Peoria Street, on a report of a shooting at around 3:30 a.m.

Once at the scene, officers discovered a man lying outside with an apparent gunshot wound. He was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries and was later pronounced dead, according to a news release.

He was identified as 25-year-old Robert Junior Cain.

Police are working to investigate what led to the shooting and detectives are actively pursuing leads. C Vontae Smith, 22, was arrested on one count of firs-degree murder.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867. Tipsters can be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000 and can remain anonymous.

Editor's note on Jan. 3, 2022: This story has been updated with the victim's identity and was further amended to include information relating to the arrest of a suspect in connection with the shooting.