Suspect in New Year’s Day double shooting in Westminster is identified

A man suspected of shooting two people at a Westminster party in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day has been identified.

Ridge Johnaton Mased, 31, is being held at the Adams County Jail on suspicion of two counts of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, menacing and illegal discharge of a firearm, according to a police department news release.

The shooting happened at about 4:30 a.m. Friday at the IMT Hyland Hills apartment complex, 4901 W. 93rd Ave., police said.

Mased showed up uninvited at a party which was shared on social media, police said. A “disturbance” developed when he was asked to leave. A 17-year-old girl was shot in the shoulder and a 19-year-old man was shot in the legs. Both victims have been treated and released from a local hospital.

Mased attempted to elude officers in a vehicle, but it high centered on a median, the release said. The suspect ran from the car and broke into a nearby, occupied apartment. Officers forced their way into the apartment and arrested Mased after a brief struggle.

The gun used in the double shooting was recovered from the car, police said. It had earlier been reported stolen in Westminster from a vehicle that was broken into. Police are investigating how Mased came to possess the gun. Investigators suspect that alcohol was a contributing factor in the shooting.

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