One dead, 2 in critical condition following shooting in Denver

DENVER -- A man is dead after three people were shot near East 38th Avenue and Gilpin Street in Denver on Saturday night, Denver Police said. Two other victims are in critical condition, as of Sunday morning.

It happened around 11:15 p.m. in an alley in the 3800 block of Franklin Street.

Police say the three victims were able to drive themselves to the corner of Bruce Randolph and Gaylord, where police pulled the car over.

One of the victims was found dead inside the vehicle, police said. Two other victims were taken to the hospital.

Police have not made any arrests, and no suspect description has been released.

The shooting created some confusion in the neighborhood off Gilpin Street, where fireworks sounded hours earlier.

"I heard some fireworks going off and I was like well, everybody's celebrating the 4th of July a little early. Went to bed, and heard some really big shots," said Michael Roberts. "Went to my front door and the whole place was lit up with blue and red lights."

"It's kind of hard to distinguish gun shots, because it's high season for that, and the 4th of July fireworks going off, it was hard to know," Kim Young said.

Sunday morning, dozens of evidence markers lined the alley. Neighbors say crime tends to spike here in the summer months.

"I love this neighborhood, I'm very close with my neighbors, but mostly because we watch each other's backs. It's not been real easy to live here over the past 14 years," Young said. "There's been a lot of crime in this area."

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