WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. -- Wheat Ridge police hope surveillance pictures will help them solve their first shooting homicide of the year.
It happened about 8:15 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of a Walgreen's at West 44th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard.
Police say Guled Abdullahi Ige, 24, was shot in the abdomen and later died at a hospital. Witnesses said there was an argument before the gunshot rang out.
They also saw a woman standing with the victim who could help in the investigation. She is a mystery woman who walked inside the Walgreen's just after 8 p.m.
A few minutes later, she is seen shopping in the cosmetics aisle. Eleven minutes later, she would become a witness to a death in the store’s parking lot during an argument among three or four people.
“People had seen the person that was shot talking to this female just prior to him being shot. She left. She was gone on our arrival,” Wheat Ridge police spokesman Mark Cooney said.
A woman who calls herself the wife of the victim made a plea on her Facebook page that if anyone knows the woman to “please please contact the weatridge (sp) police.”
“One thing we don’t know is exactly what the relationship is between this lady and the man,” Cooney said.
Police said it’s possible she knows the suspect, but only she has the answers. And they hope the public, with the help of surveillance pictures, can lead them to her.
“We know she was at the scene. We want to know what she saw and perhaps what her involvement is with the suspect,” Cooney said.
Police said the suspect drove off in a dark-colored Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
If anyone recognizes the woman caught on camera or if anyone was driving by the area Sunday night is asked to contact Wheat Ridge police at 303-235-2947.