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Driver shoots man during attempted Denver carjacking; witness shares account

Posted at 12:58 PM, Dec 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-27 12:58:36-05

DENVER — A man allegedly involved in two Denver carjackings was shot by one driver he was trying to rob, according to the Denver Police Department.

It started around 6:30 a.m. Thursday with a carjacking at Speer Boulevard and Colfax Avenue. The man who was involved in the carjacking then tried to carjack another driver in the area of Buchtel Boulevard and Downing Street, according to police. The driver at the second location shot and wounded him.

The injured man took off in the original car taken from Speer Boulevard and Colfax Avenue, police said. Officers found him around 8 a.m. in the 2100 block of S. Ash Street in Denver.

Alex Valdes witnessed the initial carjacking at the intersection of Speer and Colfax. He said he chose to call 911 after seeing other bystanders drive away,

"I just witnessed a carjacking [and] I see nobody reacting. It takes no energy to call 911," Valdes said.

The man who was shot was taken to the hospital. The investigation is ongoing.