Shooting on Colfax leaves one dead; suspect on the loose

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DENVER — Police were looking for whoever opened fire on a crowd of people early Saturday morning at East Colfax Avenue and Pennsylvania Street. One man died and another was injured.

Police on the scene investigating an overnight shooting on Colfax. (Photo: KDVR)
Police on the scene investigating an overnight shooting on Colfax. (Photo: KDVR)

A second victim suffered non-life threatening injuries. It happened just after 2 a.m.

“Responding officers located two men were suffering from gunshot wounds,” police spokesman Doug Schepman said. “Both of those men were transported to the hospital where sadly one of them didn’t make it.”

The man who didn’t make it was 34-year-old Rene Wells, according to his family.

“Who deserves to be killed in the street?” Wells’ mother, Debra Dorsey, said.

She said she found out about her son’s death early Saturday morning.

“My daughter received a Facebook post that told her her brother was dead so she called me,” she said.

“This area over here is dangerous because there’s already four or five killings already over here this year alone,” the victim’s uncle, Kenneth Blanton said.

Police and the victim’s family said some kind of fight broke out when shots were fired.

“It was a black Cadillac that was going around firing a lot of rounds and stuff and there’s a lot of rounds out here so I don’t know what was going on,” Blanton said.

“I don’t know anything about why he was shot. Ren never really lived a life to be around criminals,” Wells’ mother said.

Several people who live nearby said this part of Colfax has become a magnet for criminal activity, especially at night.

“It’s just ridiculous. I mean I just can’t feel safe in the neighborhood,” Mark Dalbs said. “I’ve been here for five years and it’s still, ahhhh (shakes head in disgust).”

The family said investigators told them at least 15 people were outside and saw what happened. They’re just asking that someone tell police who fired the shots.

Police were looking for some of the witnesses to come forward.

“I would be much appreciative. It won’t return my son but it will be appreciated,” Deborah Dorsey said.

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