Denver man shot while trying to stop burglars at neighbor’s home

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DENVER -- A Denver man was shot multiple times after he tried to stop his neighbor’s house from being burglarized near West 48th Avenue and Quitman Street.

“If that wouldn’t have happened, they would have probably completely cleaned us out,” Veronica Lamaak said. “I may have driven home and walked into it happening and who knows.”

Lamaak left her home on Sunday for a quick bite to eat and when she returned, she found her house torn apart and her neighbor, Craig Sandoval, had been shot.

Lamaak said Sandoval was working in his garage when he noticed the burglars. He then yelled for them to leave before one of them shot him twice at close range with a shotgun.

“Craig is the sole provider of his family and he’s now going to be out of work for a very long time,” Lamaak said.

Sandoval continues to recover in the hospital and has undergone three surgeries.

“In my mind he saved my life, he saved my home and I want to do anything I can to help him and his family,” Lamaak said.

The Denver Police Department continues to search for a suspect. He's described as a Hispanic man who was wearing a dark shirt and gray pants. He's believed to be driving a white truck or van.

Lamaak set up a GoFundMe account for Sandoval's medical expenses.