Crime and (not-so) random acts of violence have become the norm in Colorado over the past two and half years. The cause is complex, although it largely can be tied directly to multiple “criminal justice reform” bills passed by the Colorado General Assembly and their hyper-partisan Democrat majority. Continually examining our criminal justice system is important. It’s how we ensure the Constitutional rights of citizens are not violated, while simultaneously keeping the community safe. Sadly, the latter part was grossly ignored when many of these bills were passed against the wishes of our local law enforcement. They warned us of what would happen – and we’re seeing it now.
This most recently was noted after a terrible tragedy in Longmont when a 13 year old and 15 year old were shot during a gang initiated drive-by shooting in broad daylight in a community park. The 13 year old lost his life while the 15 year old was wounded in the leg.
Eventually Longmont police found and arrested the suspect. And as we continue to see with these heinous crimes across our state, he not only an adult criminal record at age 19 but had two active warrants out for his arrest at the time of the shooting.
According to CBS News:
Suspect Yahir Solis, 19, was arrested in connection to the drive-by shooting that killed a 13-year-old and injured another teen in Longmont on Saturday, CBS4 confirmed from a Boulder County arrest document shared by Longmont Police Department on Sunday morning.
According to the document, Solis faces charges for First Degree Murder and Attempted First Degree Murder.
On Saturday afternoon a 13-year-old Longmont boy was shot and killed. The crime was described as a drive-by shooting, and another teen was also injured.
The shooting happened just after 1:45 p.m. near the intersection of Kensington Street and St. Clair Avenue, not far from Kensington Park. Authorities say it took place close to a basketball court.
Police say a 15-year-old was also shot in the leg, but that boy was expected to survive. That teen was also a Longmont resident.
The arrest document shows Solis was eventually found and arrested in the area of the shooting. Solis was booked into Boulder County Jail, where investigators learned he already had two active arrest warrants out for him. The first was a traffic offense out of Boulder County with a $500 bond, and the second was for possession of drug paraphernalia out of Lafayette also with a $500 bond.
Anyone who witnessed the shooting is still asked to call (303) 774-3700 to reach the Longmont city tip line. Police are also hoping to get any surveillance video that might have been rolling at the time in the area.
Read the article here.