AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) — An arrest affidavit obtained by FOX31 and Channel 2 on Tuesday includes witness accounts recalling the shooting that left two people injured during a protest in Aurora on Saturday.
Samuel Young, 23, faces four counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of first-degree assault. He’s accused of shooting at a Jeep Wrangler that drove through the protest after demonstrators blocked both directions of Interstate 225 near East Sixth Avenue.
Two protesters were wounded in the shooting: 21-year-old Joseph Quinton Sagrillo and 25-year-old Creyton Loud.
Sagrillo was shot in the leg; Loud was shot near his temple. Both survived.
The Jeep’s two occupants were not injured. According to the affidavit, the Jeep was driven by 27-year-old Kyle Faulkison. Its passenger was 27-year-old Gregory Goodenough.
The affidavit includes a number of witness accounts.
One man who was standing near Sagrillo told detectives that news helicopter footage shows both men in the median of I-225 about 50 to 100 yards north of the main group of protesters.
Another witness — Raichle Farrelly — told investigators she was standing next to the man who shot at the Jeep, and that he used an “old-school Wild West gun,” the affidavit states.
“The blood drained from his face, he turned totally pale,” Farrelly said in an interview with FOX31 and Channel 2. “His eyes got really big. He started to tremble.”
She says she helped him unload the rest of his gun, fearing he could hurt himself or someone else.
“So I said to the young man, who I now know is Samuel Young, ‘I think you need to get rid of your bullets,'” Farrelly says. “‘Can you empty your chamber and just get rid of your bullets over the edge here,?’ ‘Cause I was worried he would now, realizing what he had done, either inflict harm on himself, or someone would take the gun off him and shoot him.”
Farrelly says while what Young allegedly did was wrong, the charges against him seem harsh.
“I can’t say I know what his intention was or whether he was trying to shoot the tire or what, but he was definitely on the side of the protesters, reacting from fear and defense,” she says. “I found out the charges against him are four charges of attempted homicide, and I’m not sure that’s fair. He did strike people, and I’m so glad they’re OK, but I know his intention wasn’t to murder four people on the freeway.”
According to the affidavit, a third witness said the suspect was not in danger of being struck by the Jeep.
Following the shooting, the Aurora Police Department released photos of a man they called a person of interest to the media.
After APD and local news outlets shared the photos, Young called police and identified himself as that person of interest. He said, “Yeah, I am the person,” according to the affidavit.
Two people who spoke with APD said they recognized Young as the man in the photo and that they knew him from their time at the University of Colorado Boulder, where Young was reportedly a “community advisor” in one of the dormitories.