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15-Year-Old Arrested in Park Shooting That Injured 6 Teens

Police say boy in Aurora, Colo., incident was behind the wheel of Chrysler 300 used in a drive-by
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2021 5:47 PM CST
Updated Nov 24, 2021 10:40 AM CST
6 Teens Injured in Shooting Near Colo. High School
Five students were taken to the hospital and one made his own way there, authorities say.   (Getty Images/MJFelt)

(Newser) Update: A 15-year-old boy has been charged with attempted first-degree murder after six teens were shot and injured in an Aurora, Colo., park on Nov. 15, reports NBC News. Per a statement from the Aurora Police Major Crimes Unit, the male suspect was arrested Monday night after being IDed as the driver of one of two vehicles involved in a drive-by shooting not far from Aurora Central High School. The teen, who's not being identified by name due to his age, was said to have been behind the wheel of a Chrysler 300, which police say was accompanied by a Chevy Tahoe. Investigators say that at least two people in Nome Park were shooting back at the two vehicles, and that those individuals are being sought. The shooting came just days before another at Aurora's Hinkley High School, which injured three. Three 16-year-old boys have been arrested in connection with that shooting. Our original story from Nov. 15 follows:

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Police in Aurora, Colo., say a suspect is still at large after a shooting that injured at least six teenagers Monday. Police in the suburban Denver community tweeted five people ages 14 to 17 had been hospitalized after the shooting in a park just north of Aurora Central High School, CNN reports. Authorities later said that an 18-year-old had made his own way to the hospital with minor injuries. Police said the suspect left the scene and has not been identified, per the AP. Authorities say three teens taken to Children's Hospital Colorado are in stable condition and have been reunited with their families.

It's not clear whether the Monday shooting is connected to the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old a few miles away on Sunday night. Police said the high school was placed on a "secure perimeter," with nobody allowed to enter or leave but students and staff members allowed to move around within the school. Area resident Henry Martinez tells the Denver Post that he heard between 30 and 50 shots from the park, which is always packed with students at lunchtime. "It's so sad," he says. "These kids are so young—to just throw away their lives like that ... it just doesn't make sense.” (Read more Aurora, Colorado stories.)

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