DENVER -- A man is in the hospital after a shooting just after 8:30 a.m. Saturday near West Alameda Avenue and South Decatur Street in the Valverde neighborhood, the Denver Police Department said.
“I was outside about 8:30 this morning painting and I heard a gunshot two houses down,” said a man who didn’t want to be identified.
Police identified the victim as a 35-year old man who was shot in the stomach during a possible carjacking.
“I thought it was a firecracker at first. I said who in the hell would light firecrackers and then I seen the car take off, hit the Jeep up there real loud and then that's all I seen, the cops came,” said the witness, who was one of many out working on yards and homes when it happened.
“I think there was a couple guys in the car."
Witnesses said the victim ran across the street to a restaurant for help.
“He was wearing black clothes and I seen him running,” a man said.
The victim told police the suspect stole his girlfriend's car in the incident. Police said they are looking for a silver sedan that is possibly involved.
For most of the morning, detectives scoured the ground, finding the single bullet casing and other pieces of evidence that were collected in bags.
Investigators also spoke with the victim as he was taken to a hospital.
Police described the suspect as a skinny male, about 5-foot-8 and wearing a military jacket. The suspect was last seen traveling northbound on Decatur.
Witnesses said the suspect appeared to be homeless but also that the two men appeared to be talking before the shot was fired.
Police said the incident is still under investigation.