Man arrested in deadly shooting at Aurora mall

AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) – The Aurora Police Department has arrested a man on suspicion of second degree murder following a fatal shooting in a parking lot early Friday morning.

The shooting was reported around 2:25 a.m. in the parking lot at 6360 South Parker Road in the Arapahoe Crossings shopping district.

When officers arrived at the scene, they said they learned the shooting resulted from an altercation between a man and a woman who were strangers to each other.

Police say the victim, a 46-year-old woman, was pronounced dead after the shooting. His identity has not yet been revealed.

Police said the suspected shooter, John Thoren, 42, cooperated with officers at the scene.

He was taken to police headquarters and interrogated. After the interviews, police said they arrested Thoren on suspicion of second-degree murder.

APD said if you have any information about this shooting and have not spoken to detectives at the scene, you are urged to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

Aurora homicides have doubled since 2018

The shooting took place in front of Regis Jesuit High School in the early hours of the morning.

“I thought this neighborhood was a nice neighborhood. We lived next door. For about six or seven years and when I started it was just amazing. My family decided to move about a month ago,” said Arapahoe Crossings employee Abdul Altaie.

Altaie said crime has become a problem in nearby neighborhoods.

The number of homicides in Aurora has doubled since 2018. At the time, there were 18 murders. There were 44 last year.

Arapahoe Crossings is a popular spot and is considered safe by many. Casey Sanger is a designer at a flower shop here and heard the news early this morning.

“I was a bit shocked, but I mean the world is going crazy, so it happens. Not really nervous or anything,” Sanger said.

Many people FOX31 spoke to said it was generally a quiet place and a good place to work. Many were just glad the shooting happened when no one else was around.

“I feel very good. I worked on and off for many years and always felt very comfortable, which is why it was such a shock,” Lisa Weddel said.

Police did not provide further details on how the truck driver and the woman met.

FOX31’s Vicente Arenas contributed to this report.