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A Colorado Grandfather's Leg Blocked the Aisle on a Bus. So, a 13-Year-Old Boy Fatally Shot Him, Cops Say.

Denver Teen Accused of Shooting Elderly Man Over Bus Aisle Dispute
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Elderly man fatally shot on Denver bus by teen during aisle dispute, cops said.

Feb. 6 2024, Published 2:02 p.m. ET

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A teen in Colorado allegedly fatally shot an elderly man on the bus because the grandfather’s leg was blocking the aisle, according to authorities.

Around 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 27, Richard Sanchez, 60, was riding a Regional Transit District bus when a 13-year-old boy attacked him, according to the Denver Police Department.

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The alleged shooting occurred blocks from Sanchez’s home in Denver.

Police said Sanchez suffered from multiple gunshot wounds and was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A medical examiner ruled he died by homicide, The Denver Post reported.

A second man injured during the incident was treated and released at the scene, according to the outlet.

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On Feb. 1, police arrested the teen suspect, whose name has not been released publicly because of his age, on suspicion of first-degree murder, although charges were pending.

According to police, the suspect allegedly shot the victim after a verbal exchange was sparked between the suspect and Sanchez about Sanchez's leg blocking the aisle on the bus.

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Sanchez’s loved ones were unaware he had been shot until they reported him missing on Jan. 29, two days after the deadly incident.

Joseph Chavez, Sanchez’s grandson, told KDVR, “It’s been hard because we didn’t know where he was at, and the whole time, he was at the hospital and they didn’t contact us. Nobody was there with him during his last breath.”

Chavez added, “He was always happy. He was a really happy dude.”

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