DENVER (KDVR) — Police in Aurora said two men were found dead Saturday morning after possibly being shot somewhere else and dumped in an alley.
The incident was originally investigated as a suspicious death after a victim was found unresponsive on the ground before 7 a.m., but APD said Aurora Fire Rescue responded and determined the man was dead on arrival.
When officers responded to investigate, a second victim was found not far from the first and was also pronounced dead on the scene.
The incident is now being investigated as a homicide.
The two victims, described as African American men in their 20s, were found with multiple gunshot wounds in the alley between Fulton and Gelena Streets near East 22nd Avenue, according to APD.
Danila Salinas said she woke up to police at her front door alerting the family of two dead bodies dumped in the alley behind her house.
“We could see a little bit of the body and everything,” Salinas said. “I’m here by myself in the mornings, so I’m like, ‘Now what am I going to do? Am I safe here?'”
Edward Walton has lived in the neighborhood for more than 20 years and said a lot has changed.
“I sit out here all the time and there’s nothing but problems,” Walton said. “I just speak to people and try to keep the peace. That’s what I’m about.”
Police said they believe the victims were shot overnight at another location, and that it is possible the shots fired incident wasn’t reported to 911.
Justin Mendoza, who has lived in the area for 16 years, told FOX31 he was shocked to wake up to police.
“I was a bit surprised because no one really expects that to happen, especially right around the corner where you live,” Mendoza said. “It’s pretty peaceful around here in the days. There’s not really much at night. You can hear cars and stuff, but nothing really dangerous.”
The victims have not been identified, and there were no suspects as of Saturday evening.
However, APD said evidence suggested that the suspects knew the victims and that there is no threat to the general public.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.