A rideshare driver has been shot and killed in Denver in what police are treating as a random attack.
The shooting happened Monday night about a mile from the downtown area.
Police allege that 22-year-old Michael Gawain Jackson shot the rideshare driver, causing the vehicle to crash.
A licensed security guard reportedly stopped to help after hearing the gunshots and the crash, but police say Jackson shot him in the stomach.
“The suspect then threatened the injured security guard’s partner who was still in the security company vehicle and stole the security vehicle,” Denver police said in a statement Tuesday.
Once officers reached the scene, they reportedly contacted the security company to obtain GPS information of the vehicle.
It was located in a parking lot about a mile away. Police said when the suspect began driving away, they were able to intervene and stop the vehicle.
Jackson was immediately arrested and charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, as well as felony murder.
“There is no known connection between the suspect and any victims, and at this time it appears the shooting of the rideshare driver was random,” Denver Police said.
The 51-year-old rideshare driver was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The security guard was also taken to the hospital, where his condition is said to be critical.
The shooting remains under investigation, but police discovered there was another passenger in the rideshare vehicle. He reportedly suffered minor injuries during the accident. It was unclear whether they knew the suspect or were in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.