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Denver mayor, police chief call for end to gang violence after weekend shootings kill 4


DENVER — Denver's mayor is urging gang members in his city to stop the violence.

Mayor Michael Hancock was joined at a news conference Monday by his police chief and city council members following a string of weekend shootings that killed four people. He addressed gang members and said, "We are strongly encouraging you to put your guns down, because this is going to end up in one of two ways," death or jail.

Hancock and Police Chief Robert White also called on witnesses to step forward. White said three of the weekend's killings were believed to be gang-related, and police struggle to find witnesses who would cooperate when it comes to gang-related crime.

One person died at the scene and another later in the hospital in the first shooting, which happened early Sunday outside an apartment complex in the Lowry neighborhood.

Police then responded to three more shootings at different locations in less than 12 hours between Sunday evening and Monday morning. Two people were killed in the first two shootings, and police say a person wounded in the third is in stable condition.

Police have arrested a suspect in one of the shootings, which White said Monday was the one that was not gang-related.

While crime overall is down in Denver, gang violence is increasing, White said.

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