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Denver police continue to seek answers in I-70 shooting that left 60-year-old woman dead

Posted at 11:09 AM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 13:31:47-04

DENVER — The Denver Police Department is asking for the public’s help as they continue to investigate a fatal shooting that occurred on Interstate 70 on April 20.

During a press conference Tuesday morning, Lt. Matt Clark with Denver Police Department's Major Crimes Division said the department hopes to generate more leads in this case.

Police looking for witnesses in fatal shooting of woman along I-70

The investigation began after Denver police responded to a call regarding shots fired on I-70 near Colorado Boulevard around 4:30 a.m. on April 20. Clark said an employee who was arriving for work at the Safeway Distribution Center, which is near I-70 and Colorado Boulevard, reported the gunshots.

When police responded, they found a 2009 white Acura MDX on the westbound shoulder of I-70, just before the Colorado Boulevard exit, Clark said.

The solo occupant and driver — who was later identified by the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner as 60-year-old Kim Phok — told officers she had stomach pains. Officers then discovered she had been shot. They rendered aid until an EMS arrived and then Phok was transported to Denver Medical Center, Clark said. She died of her injuries a few days later, on April 24.

During the investigation, police found that her vehicle had been shot multiple times on the driver’s side, Clark said. They also learned she had been on her way to work at the time of the shooting.

Police are continuing to review surveillance video from nearby businesses and traffic cameras along the highway.

As of the press conference Tuesday morning, the motive remains unknown and a suspect hasn’t been identified. Clark said the department has received multiple questions about if the crime was bias-related, but as of then, investigators didn’t have any information that would suggest that, though they are still considering all possible motives. He said Phok was an Asian female.

Police are now asking anybody who saw the white Acura driving or on the side of the road, and any other vehicles in that area around 4:30 a.m., to call the police department at 720-913-2000. Anybody with information on the offender can call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 anonymously, and for a possible cash reward.