Denver’s district attorney charged a 17-year-old with first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a teenager during an attempted vape sale in Montbello earlier this month.
Brandon Louis Sandoval was also charged with one count each of felony menacing and possession of a handgun as a juvenile, the Denver DA’s Office said in a Monday news release.
The Jan. 11 shooting of 16-year-old Aaliyah Cortez near Atchison Way and Maxwell Place came after the teen and her sister went to meet someone over Snapchat to purchase vape pen cartridges, according to Sandoval’s arrest affidavit.
When Aaliyah and her sister drove slowly near Falcon Park, two people approached the vehicle. One of them pointed a gun at Aaliyah’s sister’s head, the sister told investigators. The teens tried to drive away, but Sandoval grabbed the frame of the door. As the women tried to get him to let go, the gun fired, hitting Aaliyah, police say.
Aaliyah was transported to the hospital, where she died the following day.
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