Denver police: Homeless man shot while digging through trash; father, son in custody

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Posted at 4:13 PM, Oct 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-03 21:43:44-04

DENVER -- A man, who police say is homeless, was shot and wounded while digging through trash in a southeast Denver neighborhood Sunday afternoon, according to the Denver Police Department.

Police said a father and son are in custody in connection with the shooting. The father is accused of shooting the victim, according to police.

The shooting happened around 3 p.m. in the 1900 block of South Cherry Street in Denver's Virginia Village neighborhood.

The victim was shot in the foot and transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to Kurt Barnes with Denver police, the son became offended after witnessing the victim dig through trash. It’s not clear if the trash was on the suspect’s property.

Shortly after, the father drove by in a vehicle and allegedly shot the victim in the foot, Barnes said.

Police have yet to release the names or the charges of those involved.

Police are still investigating the circumstances that led up to the shooting and are ask asking anyone with additional information to contact Crime Stoppers.

Editor's note: Denver7 incorrectly identified the neighborhood in the first draft of this story. The address and neighborhood has been updated.