Deadly weekend in Denver metro area

Posted at 7:18 PM, Jun 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-06 21:45:10-04

It was a violent and deadly weekend in the Denver Metro Area.

In 48 hours, five people were killed, four others were shot and one other person was stabbed.

"Anytime we have a weekend like this it's greatly concerning," said Denver Police spokesperson Sonny Jackson.

The violence started around 8:30 p.m. on Friday in Denver's northeast side when a 'drug deal gone bad' left three people dead and one wounded off 36th Avenue and Hudson Street.

A few hours later, a 10-year-old boy was shot and killed in Aurora. Police are still investigating, but family members said the boy accidentally shot himself.

Then, overnight on Saturday at around 2 a.m., Adams County deputies responded to a shooting at the Player's Club, a strip club off Federal Boulevard. Officers found a man dead inside, who was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

The violence continued Sunday afternoon when Denver Police were called to another shooting at the Conoco Gas Station off East Colfax Ave. and Colorado Blvd. The shooting followed a confrontation over a bicycle at a busy bus stop. The man who was shot is in critical condition.

Between 2 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. Sunday, a woman was shot in the arm in the Montebello neighborhood near 50th Avenue and Chambers Road and Denver Police also responded to a stabbing on High Street.

"It was a challenging 48 hours for the city," said Jackson.

Denver police said while it was a bloody weekend, it does not believe there is any ongoing threat to the community.

"They were very much isolated incidents, not something that says 'Oh there's a major retaliation situation,' which we've seen in the past," said Jackson.

Anti-gang activist Rev. Leon Kelly said he suspects some of the weekend's violence may be connected to gang activity and worries we could see another deadly summer in Denver.

"Tensions have still been on the rise in certain areas, home invasions have been a major concern - people ripping off the dope man," said Rev. Kelly.

Last summer, there were 10 gang-related deaths during March and April.

Since then, Rev. Kelly said police and community organizations have been working to reduce the violence.

"To say that we've been able to suppress it quite a bit - I think if the efforts had not been in place it would have been worse," said Rev. Kelly.