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Denver East High School student shot near school, taken to hospital with 'very poor prognosis'

Shooting not connected to nearby incident at 18th and Lincoln, Denver police said
Shooting near Denver East High School 2-13-23
Posted at 3:19 PM, Feb 13, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-15 13:54:40-05

DENVER — A Denver East High School student was taken to the hospital with a "very poor prognosis" after he was shot near the school Monday afternoon.

Dispatchers received a call of shots fired in the area of 17th Avenue and Esplanade around 2:33 p.m., Denver Police Department Division Chief of Investigations Joe Montoya said during a press conference.

Officers arrived and found a 16-year-old boy suffering from a gunshot wound inside of a car. He was taken to the hospital with a "very poor prognosis," Montoya said.

Montoya confirmed the teen was a student at East High School. A GoFundMe has been created to support the student's family.

The suspect car was a stolen white Kia Sportage, and was spotted by officers in northeast Denver.

A brief pursuit ensued, and two suspects were taken into custody in the area of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Elmira Street.

Montoya did not provide details about the pursuit. Video captured by AirTracker 7 shows a white vehicle upside down on its roof.

East HS shooting 2-13-23

A motive is not known at this time. It is believed the suspects fired shots from the Kia Sportage into the victim's car.

Montoya said this shooting does not appear to be connected to a shooting that happened near the Emily Griffith Technical College at 18th and Lincoln 20 minutes later.

Emily Griffith shooting 2-13-23

That shooting happened around 2:55 p.m. following an altercation between two groups.

Two victims — a juvenile and an adult — were shot, Montoya said. Their conditions are not known at this time.

Gunfire from more than one weapon was found at the scene.

Investigations into both shootings are active at this time.

According to Chalkbeat, classes at East High School are canceled for Tuesday.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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