Family says 8-year-old shot in back is improving

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Little boy shot while sitting in parents' SUV near 6th and Federal in Denver

Little boy shot while sitting in parents' SUV near 6th and Federal in Denver

DENVER — The family of an 8-year-old boy who was shot in the back earlier this week says he is improving.

Jacob Valdivia is now listed in serious condition at Denver Health hospital.

Police said the boy was riding in the back seat of a Jeep near Sixth Avenue and Knox Court when a passing car fired gunshots around 6:30 p.m. Monday.

A bullet went through the back of the Jeep and hit Jacob, police said.

Jacob’s mother and a family friend were also in the Jeep but were not hurt.

Police said they are looking for two Hispanic men that were in a white car. No other details about a suspect has been released.

A cause for the shooting has not been released.

Police say they don’t know if the suspects targeted someone in the Jeep or if it was a random crime.

And they need the public’s help for answers.

“Community is our biggest asset in solving this crime. So if anybody hears anything, sees anything, that’s how these crimes get solved,” says Jackson.
Police hope people who know what happened will call them—and they can do that anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) or text DMCS, plus your message to 274637.

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