Aurora business owner on life support after being shot

AURORA, Colo. -- A shooting inside a high-end motor sports shop left one of the store’s owners fighting for his life.

Friends say 40-year old Chase McMinn was shot inside the Aurora store off East Six Avenue just before 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The Aurora Police Department is releasing little information while it continues to search for the suspect who is still on the run, but friends of McMinn say police know who they’re looking for.

“Chase is such a good guy,” said Rick Douglas, who choked up as he talked about his friend and colleague. “You don’t ever expect this to happen to somebody that you know, somebody that you respect."

McMinn is one of the owners of Shaus Motorsport.

“They modify euro cars. They put high-performance parts on them so they can take them out racing,” Douglas said.

Douglas said on Tuesday, a former customer showed up, wanting new work done on his car. Douglas said it was a customer McMinn didn’t want to deal with.

“Didn’t want the drama, didn’t want the issues that came along with him,” he said.

Douglas said what no one expected, including the other owner of the store, Aaron Leurs, who was standing next to McMinn, is for the man to pull out a gun and shoot.

McMinn was hit in the face with a bullet.

“You don’t expect somebody to be that upset over words of some sort and willing to take somebody’s life, or attempt to do it,” Douglas said.

While McMinn fights for his life, police say they are still working the crime, calling it an active investigation. Police have not released the suspect’s ID or description.

McMinn, friends say, is in an induced coma. A GoFundMe has been set up to help with medical expenses.