Suspect sought after teenage girl killed when shots fired into Denver fourplex

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DENVER -- The search continues for the suspect who opened fire on a west Denver fourplex, killing a 15-year-old girl.

It’s not the first time the family that lives there has dealt with major tragedy. The frantic 911 call came in at 3:18 a.m. from 4259 W. Dakota Ave.

“Everyone was asleep inside,” police Cmdr. Barb Archer said.

But sleep turned into the unthinkable.

“It’s a very tragic situation,” she said.

Police arrived to find someone had rained a hail of gunfire upon the unit in the fourplex.

“I heard about eight or 10 shots. It was like 'pow, pow, pow, pow.' It stopped for a little bit and 'pow, pow, pow, pow,'" neighbor Fred Garcia said.

At least one of those bullets hit a 15-year-old girl, who the family has identified as Kashmier Lujan. She was sleeping in a front bedroom when the gunfire broke out. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Five others, including three children, were inside the home.

“We do not believe it was random because of the number of gunshots that struck the residence,” Archer said.

Neighbors said they believe the shooter was on foot because they did not hear a car drive by. Sixteen bullets hit the home, tearing through a window, a wall and a door.

Another bullet ripped through a neighbor’s wall into her bedroom. And two other rounds hit a second neighbor’s home. The neighbor said the bullets went into the bedroom of her two young sons.

“It’s sad to me that this is someone’s way of dealing with a situation. And as a result, now we have a dead 15-year-old girl,” Archer said.

In june, Kashmier’s 10-year-old brother was accidentally shot dead by his 17-year-old brother while handling a loaded gun. The teen received two years probation.

But this new case is far from its resolution.

“We have no leads right now,” Archer said. “Absolutely, we are asking for the public’s help on this.”

Investigators couldn’t say if they believe the shooting is gang-related.

Kashmier was a Denver Public Schools student. Neighbors said she was just learning how to drive.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

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