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Denver Shooting: Man Who Shot 12-Year-Old Boy To Death Won’t Face Charges

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PARK CITY, KS - FEBRUARY 26: Police tape hangs across the street in front of the house that Dennis Rader lives in February 26, 2005 in Park City, Kansas. Rader is the suspect whom police have arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with the 10 deaths now tied to the serial killer known as BTK. (Photo by Larry W. Smith/Getty Images)

The Denver District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday that the man who engaged in a fatal Denver shooting with a 12-year-old boy, who allegedly stole his car, will not be charged. 

The shooting took place on February 5 on West 10th Avenue, where the car’s owner had reported it stolen from the 8300 block of E. Northfield Blvd. and traced it with an app to the intersection of West 12th Avenue and North Decatur Street. 

The Denver District Attorney’s Office’s spokesperson Carolyn Tyler said on Friday that it cannot charge the man involved in the Denver shooting with guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, which is the ethical standard required to press charges.

In a Denver Gazette report, officials said they don’t think they could satisfy a jury’s requirement that they be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Denver Shooting Incident

This representation photo shows a blue police siren as the man involved in the latest Denver shooting incident won’t face charges. (Photo by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay)

Denver Shooting Incident: Man Shoots 12-Year-Old Boy To Death

To recall the Denver shooting incident, police reports mentioned that the owner of a stolen vehicle fatally shot a 12-year-old kid after discovering him and others inside the car, which he had located using an app.

According to a statement from the Denver Police Department, the individual found the car on Sunday, approached the stopped car, and engaged the passengers in “an exchange of gunfire.”

After that, the 12-year-old drove the car a few blocks until police found him with a gunshot wound. If the child had been operating the vehicle before the shooting was unclear. He was brought to Denver Health Medical Center where he was subsequently declared dead, according to the police.

Denver Office of the Medical Examiner determined that Elias Armstrong died from a gunshot wound. On Saturday, no one could be found who was his family. 

The owner of the stolen automobile was “contacted” by the police at the scene, according to the police, and he was not detained. The owner of the automobile was not located by the police. The reasons for the car’s theft, the events leading up to the shooting, and the app the owner used to monitor the whereabouts of the vehicle are all unknown. 

According to the authorities, there were additional passengers in the vehicle when the owner approached during the Denver shooting incident, but they escaped on foot before officers could locate the vehicle.

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Gun Violence in the US

The New York Times said gun violence is currently the leading cause of death for American children, and the availability of guns, particularly handguns, is believed to be a contributing factor. 

In 2021, the child death rate from gun violence was the highest it has been in over 20 years, with 3,597 children dying, and two-thirds of those deaths were homicides. The United States is a significant outlier in terms of child gun deaths.

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