Denver, Colorado – A 13-year-old boy has been taken into custody for allegedly shooting and killing a grandfather on a public bus following a dispute over blocking the aisle. The incident occurred in Denver, Colorado, when Richard Sanchez, 60, was fatally shot last Saturday night while riding an RTD bus. The suspect was apprehended less than a week later and is facing investigation for first-degree murder.
According to reports, the altercation between the teenage suspect and Sanchez erupted when the older man’s leg obstructed the bus aisle. The Denver Police Department stated that the suspect shot Sanchez after a verbal exchange regarding the barrier. Sanchez’s family was not informed of his death until they approached the police two days later, prompting criticism over the lack of communication.
This incident has raised concerns surrounding safety on RTD transit, with records showing 178 reported assaults or injuries over the past year. Furthermore, it brings attention to the rising incidence of gun violence in Denver, with an average of six homicides per month recorded as of 2023.
As the investigation continues, the Denver District Attorney’s Office will determine the charges to be filed against the teenage suspect. The loss of Richard Sanchez has left his family devastated, grappling with the shock and grief of his premature passing. Authorities urge witnesses to come forward with any information related to the incident.