13-year-old boy fatally shot 'always happy' grandpa on Denver bus because his leg was blocking the aisle

A 13-year-old boy shot and killed a Colorado grandpaon a Denver bus because the 60-year-old man’s leg was blocking the aisle, according to police.

Around 6:41 p.m. on Jan. 27, a dispute erupted on a Regional Transportation District bus in Denver, according to KDVR.

The confrontation purportedly was sparked over the grandfather’s leg being in the aisle of the bus, which allegedly enraged a 13-year-old passenger. The argument escalated to the point that the 13-year-old suspect shot and killed 60-year-old Richard Sanchez, according to law enforcement.

“At this stage of the investigation, it appears there was a verbal exchange between the suspect and victim about the victim’s leg blocking the aisle on the bus, and the suspect then shot the victim,” the Denver Police Department said in a press release on Friday.

Sanchez was rushed to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

A second person was wounded in the shooting, but was medically treated at the crime scene.

The boy accused of the fatal shooting was arrested on Thursday. He is being held on investigation of first-degree murder, the Denver Police Department stated. The official charges for the juvenile suspect will be determined by the Denver District Attorney’s office.

The investigation into the bus shooting is ongoing.

Sanchez was fatally shot just a few blocks away from his home, family members said.

The family of the slain man said they were not informed he was killed until they contacted police to report him missing.

“It’s been hard because we didn’t know where he was at, and the whole time, he was at the hospital, and they didn’t contact us,” Sanchez’s grandson, Joseph Chavez, told KDVRon Tuesday.

"I was really heartbroken, honestly,” Chavez continued. “I don’t understand how someone could do that to such an honest person. It’s been hard because we didn’t know where he was at, and the whole time, he was at the hospital, and they didn’t contact us. Nobody was there with him during his last breath.”

Chavez noted that his grandpa was “always happy,” and a “really happy dude.”

At least 178 passengers were assaulted or injured while using Regional Transportation District transit in 2021 and the first two months of 2022.


Hopefully my IL taxes won’t cover his accommodation for a rest of his life… :thinking:


Anyone still have any questions on the deadliness of supposed children. :thinking:


Denver better pass a law prohibiting 13 year olds from possessing firearms. :roll_eyes:


Wow! I could think of at least three gun laws broken by the teen and I was stressing about my trip to Denver last year, making sure I was in compliance :clown_face:


Perhaps we need to revise Col. Colts adage. :thinking:

“God created men, Col. Colt made them equal,”


How have we as a society fallen to this point where some value life so little? Thank you Democrats for your continued efforts to devalue life, it’s paying off.


I bet he stole the gun


Once the gun was used in crime, shot by a minor there is no other option than “stolen”.
Even he was given it or borrowed it from somebody… who is gonna confirm it? :wink:
Unless there was a written agreement or lease… :stuck_out_tongue:

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We need more gun control and get rid of assault rifles and limit high capacity magazines! If these “common sense” gun laws were in place this man not have lost his life!


I bet you’re absolutely correct


My question is has the boy been released without bail yet and has his gun been returned to him? I’m sure he is a good boy, and was turning his life around. :grimacing:


Yeah, lots of suggestions out there for mandatory common sense gun laws


You are kidding, right. You don’t really think that a 13 year old that is already breaking the law will let new laws stop him.


He’s being sarcastic/facetious :wink:

And welcome!


Thank you. I thought he probably was. I am often myself.


He was Totally kidding Brother Bob, Tongue firmly planted in cheek! , Sarc/Filled!

Welcome to the Greatest Gun Club on Earth Sir.
You have to read between the Lines w/ us some times
We Laugh and Joke so we don’t cry about Life’s Stupid and Deranged Actions.


It really can set you back in your seat to see and comprehend all that we have lost as a society in the past XX years. Everything from Disney, to the Nobel prize and the Olympics have become shelled out husks, to say nothing of what’s happening to law and order. Who ever thought that “law and order” would become a dirty set of words???


@Bob130 Welcome to the community, glad you came aboard!