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3 suspects accused of killing man, stealing truck in Commerce City

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Posted at 10:44 AM, Jul 25, 2022

DENVER — Commerce City police are looking for what they believe are three suspects who shot and killed a man early Monday morning then stole his pickup truck.

Police were called to a home in the 5400 block of Leyden Street, just north of Interstate 270 in Commerce City, around 2:10 a.m. Monday after someone reported a shooting.

At the scene, officers discovered a man who had been shot. He was taken to a hospital, where he died, police said.

Commerce City police said there was another man in front of the home when the three men arrived, confronted the two men at the home, and shot one of them.

They then stole his lifted 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, which is maroon with an extra cab, with Colorado license plate APHT32. Police said the suspects drove off in the truck and in a dark-colored sedan they drove to the scene in.

Commerce City Police Cmdr. David Mowery said incidents like the shooting have large impacts on the communities where they happen.

“These are the ones that hit closest to home because of the randomness of it,” he said. “…At this point, we’re looking at the fact that [the vehicle] could still be in the area and it could right now be in another state. We just don’t know.”

Neighbors said they heard three gunshots and a woman screaming following the shooting. One woman said she looked out the window to notice it was her neighbor. Several said they were scared after the incident and that they felt terrible for their neighbors.

"This isn't right," said one neighbor. "I used to think this was a safe place and it looks like we're starting to see stuff like this."

Commerce City police are asking anyone with information on the shooting or robbery to call the department’s tip line at 303-289-3626.

Editor's note on July 26 at 10:40 a.m.: Commerce City police say the stolen vehicle was found on Monday.