A 15-year-old boy is facing attempted murder charges in a drive-by shooting near a Colorado high school that wounded six students, police said.
The teen, who was not identified due to his age, was arrested Tuesday on a first-degree attempted murder charge by Aurora cops in the Nov. 15 shooting at Nome Park — across the street from Aurora Central High School.
Detectives believe he was driving a Chrysler 300, one of two vehicles involved in the brazen midday gunfire.
Both the Chrysler 300 and the second car — a Chevrolet Tahoe — have been located and seized by cops. At least two other people inside Nome Park returned fire on both cars and detectives were “actively working” to identify them and other suspects involved.
A reward of up to $7,000 is being offered for information leading to additional arrests in the case.
Five of the wounded teens — three boys and two girls ages 14 through 17 — were rushed to hospitals by ambulance. An 18-year-old victim with minor injuries separately drove himself to a hospital, police previously said.
All of the victims are students at Aurora Central High School. They are expected to survive, but two have a long road to recovery ahead, cops told KUSA.
The drive-by shooting occurred just four days after three teens were shot in the parking lot of Hinkley High School in Aurora. Three 16-year-old suspects have been charged in what cops believe was a gang-related dispute not connected to the Nome Park shooting, KUSA reported.
Two of the victims at Hinkley attended the high school. None of their injuries were believed to be life-threatening, but the two shootings in a span of days prompted city leaders and activists to call for an end to the rash of gun violence, the Denver Post reported.
Police, meanwhile, vowed to bust other suspects in the Nome Park drive-by shooting.
“So very proud of my officers and detectives for the non-stop hard work they have put into identifying those responsible,” Aurora’s police chief, Vanessa Wilson, tweeted Tuesday. “This is just the beginning of arrests! If you were involved, we are coming for you …”