When three male juveniles allegedly tried to rob a group of people moving into an Aurora condominium complex at gunpoint late Friday, one of the movers opened fire, hitting all three, Aurora police said.
One of the juveniles died after being taken to a local hospital, and one was taken to the hospital in serious condition. The third later went to Aurora South seeking treatment for a shoulder wound and is now in custody on unrelated charges, according to Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz.
Detectives interviewed the three men — a man who was moving into his new condominium and two of his friends who were helping him, Metz said.
No names of anyone involved in the case have been released, and police are asking for help in identifying the deceased and seriously injured males.
District Attorney George Brauchler said two of his prosecutors responded to the shooting scene.
Police are still investigating the accuracy of the story they were told by the three men who were moving boxes into the condominium.
“This is still very preliminary,” Brauchler said.
What prosecutors are determining is whether this situation was truly an instance of self-defense or whether the juveniles were victims.
Metz said the three men were moving boxes into a three-story condominium building at 431 S. Kalispell Way at 11 p.m. when they were accosted by the three juveniles.
One of the juveniles threatened the movers with a gun.
As two of the men began to pull their money out, a third pulled out a handgun and fired the weapon, striking all three of the juveniles with bullets.
“If you are placed in danger of serious bodily injury or death, you have the right to defend yourself,” Brauchler said.
Jack Golstone, who has lived in the neighborhood for 15 years, said he was “shocked” and called the incident “very concerning.”
“This is a really nice neighborhood,” he said. “This is a major situation, but in spite of this stuff, we’re here to stay.”
A resident of the condominium complex asked Metz whether residents of the building should be concerned about other people possibly linked to the crime returning to the building.
Metz said everyone who was involved in the case is accounted for, he said.
The three movers were questioned and later released without charges.