Man charged with attempted murder for firing shots during Elijah McClain protest on Interstate 225

The Arapahoe County District Attorney charged a 23-year-old with four counts of attempted first-degree murder and other felonies for firing a revolver into a crowd of people at a protest last month on Interstate 225 in Aurora.

Samuel Alvin Young, of Wheat Ridge, also faces two counts of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury and two counts of first-degree assault extreme indifference, according to an 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office news release.

Young allegedly fired a revolver at a Jeep that drove through a crowd blocking the interstate during a protest over the death of Elijah McClain on July 25. No one was hit by the Jeep.

Two protesters, however, were hit by the gunfire. One man was shot in the leg and was taken by ambulance to a local hospital. Another man suffered a graze wound to his head and was taken by a private vehicle to a hospital.

Police have impounded the Jeep involved in the incident, as evidence in the case. Aurora police on Monday said an investigation is ongoing although they have not made an arrest.

Young called Aurora police the day after the incident and identified himself as the person of interest in the case after police released pictures on social media. Young is free on a $75,000 bond. His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 14.


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