DENVER -- A chase that involved gunfire ended with four vehicles involved in a crash, one person suffering from gunshot wounds, a tree covering a road and two major streets being shut down near downtown early Wednesday morning, the Denver Police Department said.
Witnesses said a van in the eastbound lanes of Colfax Avenue was being chased by at least two vehicles when as many as 10 gunshots were heard before the van veered off the road and slammed into a tree about 4 a.m.
The large tree fell and covered the hood of the van over two lanes of southbound Speer Boulevard.
A woman passenger was pulled from the van and taken to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries. A male driver got out of the van and ran toward Cherry Creek where he tried to throw a gun into the water. The weapon was recovered, police said.
The man was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the lower extremity that is not considered to be life threatening.
A white sedan stopped at the scene of the crash and police said two people inside fled on foot.
Both directions of Colfax Avenue between Speer and Stout Street/Santa Fe Drive, and southbound Speer was closed between Stout and Colfax. Westbound Colfax reopened just before 7:30 a.m. The rest of the lanes reopened just before 8 a.m.
A FOX31 Denver news crew just happened to be driving by when they heard the gunfire. The crew stopped to help the victims.