15-year-old suspect arrested in Aurora drive-by shooting that injured 6

A teenage suspect has been arrested in the midday drive-by shooting of six teenagers in a park across the street from Aurora Central High School.

The shooting happened on Nov. 15 in Nome Park, East 12th Avenue and Nome Street, police said. A 15-year-old suspect was arrested Monday night and has been charged with attempted first-degree murder.

Two vehicles believed to be involved in the shooting, a Chevrolet Tahoe and Chrysler 300, have been found and seized as part of the ongoing investigation. Police described the incident as a drive-by shooting.

“The 15-year-old male was identified as the driver of the Chrysler 300,” police said on Tuesday in a news release. “Because of his age, his identity will not be released.”

Investigators have determined that at least two people in the park fired back at the suspect vehicles, the release said. Detectives are working to identify anyone who fired at the vehicles, “as well as others involved.”

School resource officers responded first to the Nome Park scene and used tourniquets on at least two of the victims, potentially saving their lives, police said.

Five of the teens — three boys and two girls, between the ages of 14 and 17 — were transported by ambulance to area hospitals. An 18-year-old also drove himself to the hospital with minor injuries, police said. One victim underwent emergency surgery.

Three teens were shot on Friday in the parking lot of Hinkley High School. Two of those injured teens are Hinkley students, and the third attends APS Avenues, Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said. None of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening.

Aurora police announced late Friday that a 16-year-old boy was arrested and has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting at Hinkley. On Monday, police announced that two more teens, both 16-year-old boys, were also arrested in connection to the case. Police did not release the names of the suspects because they are juveniles.

The two shootings of Aurora high school students within the same week have city leaders, community activists and residents pleading for an end to violence.

On Monday, councilmembers in Aurora and Denver announced a joint gun-buyback program for 2022 that would convert firearms into garden tools and jewelry. The program announced by Denver Councilmember Amanda Sawyer and her Aurora counterpart, Curtis Gardner, comes in the wake of the separate shootings that left nine teens injured.

Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720- 913-7867 (STOP).

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