Man shot to death in parked car near Denver’s Cheesman Park

Denver officials said a man was found shot to death in a car near Cheesman Park in the city’s northwest quadrant on Sunday night.

“I am very saddened by a murder taking place in our neighborhood tonight,” said Michael Hancock, Denver’s mayor, in a statement. “I am praying for the victim’s family, all of the officers who responded and the community as we investigate this crime.”

A passerby found the man’s body in a vehicle parked on an open lot of the park around 7:30 p.m., according to a police spokesman. The death is being investigated as a homicide, which Denver police believe was an isolated incident.

“Right now this is considered an isolated incident,” said TJ Ryan, a Denver police spokesman. “The person we believe to be the victim was alone.”

Ryan declined to discuss a possible motive or the relationship between the man found and the person in the car, saying only that a suspect had not been identified. Police would not say where the car was located.

Ryan said the victim’s body was in the parking lot for about an hour before it was discovered. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday morning, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Three officers responded to the scene and secured the area before the Denver Sheriff’s Department arrived. The department said it has no reason to believe the suspect is on the loose.

“If anybody saw something they should call police,” Ryan said.

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