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Aaron Lopez, Brianna Ortiz Charged in Boogie Down Shooting, Christopher Uvalle Surrenders

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Christopher Uvalle. Additional photos below.
Update: Last week, we told you about a shooting at the Boogie Down Bar & Grill; see our previous coverage below.

No suspect information was available in the immediate aftermath of the gunplay. But yesterday, the Denver Police Department released the name of a suspect: Christopher Uvalle, age 22. Here's a closer look at Uvalle, who turned himself in to authorities within hours of the DPD alert -- plus (update number two) pics and information about Brianna Ortiz and Aaron Lopez, who are being charged in the case.

See also: Man Shot Near 22nd and Arapahoe, Police Searching for Gunman

At about 8 p.m. on August 7, a fight broke out at the Boogie Down, on the 5100 block of Morrison Road. Original reports were contradictory in terms of how many women were hurt by the bullets that flew shortly thereafter, and at least one media outlet maintained that the shooting had taken place outside.

The confusion continues: A subsequent DPD release states that two women were shot inside the venue...but a Denver District Attorney's Office statement mentions only one and suggests that the shooting did indeed take place outside.

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A 9News photo from the scene.
Days later, police announced that Uvalle was wanted for investigation of attempted murder, felony menacing and first-degree assault -- crimes that are difficult to process given the overwhelmingly benign nature of the photos shared on his Facebook page. A number of them show Uvalle posing with happy children, while his portraits are hardly menacing. Take this one....

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...which features a comment from a friend that reads, "Hello ladies, my name is CHRIS, I read books and I ride a BIKE...."

To that, Uvalle responded: "I like long rides on my bike. And Home Depot on Sundays!...lol hahaha."

Other Uvalle images include a display of Broncos fandom....

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...and this silly shot:

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Yet Uvalle had at least one previous run-in with the law, since the DPD used a mug shot as an identifier for him at the time of its initial announcement:

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Christopher Uvalle.
However, Uvalle isn't the only person in trouble. The Denver DA's office has now announced charges against two other individuals, with the most allegations directed at Aaron Lopez -- known as "King Aaron Lopez" on a Facebook page that boasts this photo....

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...and this one:

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Facing lesser allegations is Brianna Ortiz, represented by this Facebook photo....

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...and this one:

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According to the DA's office, Lopez allegedly began arguing with Boogie Down patrons, then escalated the situation by pulling out a gun and pointing it at them.

As he drove away, Lopez is accused of handing the gun to Uvalle, who allegedly squeezed off several rounds into the bar, with one bullet striking a woman in the hand.

Lopez is facing six counts of attempted first-degree murder and menacing, five counts of attempted first-degree assault and several other felonies. Meanwhile, Ortiz is accused of two accessory counts -- and while Uvalle hasn't been formally charged, he's being held for investigation.

Continue for more about the shooting at Boogie Down Bar & Grill, including additional photos.


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39 comments
Kyle Frans
Kyle Frans

Lmao dude your the one that opened your mouth first your the one talkin shit i dont even know you your a pathetic little person i mean fuck you have nothing better to do with your time you fuckin troll. i dont need to solidify shit pussy i got fucking stabbed on sheridan n came back and made that pussy wish he never pulled a blade on me so remember my pics and get at me when you see me ill make you wish you never opened your cock suckin mouth

Jonah Menzies
Jonah Menzies

^^^as if typing tough on a random social media thread somehow solidifies your cred....pathetic little DWEEB

Kyle Frans
Kyle Frans

You must get alot of respect in the hood with a name like jonah lol your trash kid

Kyle Frans
Kyle Frans

Haha says the broke ass loser lol

Jonah Menzies
Jonah Menzies

Marathon CoD sessions in your parents' basement is not what any adult would consider a "job," lard ass.

Daniel Pinkerton
Daniel Pinkerton

Hey, Hans and Frans. Little wisdom from an old man: The burbs suck.

Kyle Frans
Kyle Frans

Lol get a job douch bag maybe some day you can afford to live in the burbs 2 lmao

Raul Chavez
Raul Chavez

Don't let Your friends define you, choose wisely!

J.j. Southard
J.j. Southard

Someone should tell this dude his ridiculous little stache looks retarded.

Kyle Frans
Kyle Frans

Lol thats why i dont party on sheridan

John Elliott
John Elliott

Ariel Thompson - because, you know, showing him with his daughter would TOTALLY absolve him of the shooting. FFS.

Ariel Thompson
Ariel Thompson

THIS is a prime example of the hash tag #iftheygunnedmedown westword specifically showed terrible pictures of Aaron Lopez when they could of chose the pictures with his daughter instead of the ones they chose

Candy Hood
Candy Hood

Wow! I use to work with brianna. this is crazy that she is a part of this.

Nathan Embree
Nathan Embree

Nobody forces anybody to do anything. Everyone has free will. If she were forced to do what she did, she needs to tell the cops, and sort it out from there.

Ted Tilton
Ted Tilton

So. Does Westword post anything besides stories of violence? Do you guys need a hug?

John Elliott
John Elliott

These people need to be sterilized and then gutted

Fitz Greg
Fitz Greg

What is this fool doing with his tounge? Copying Miley Cyrus stupidity deserves jail time.

Daniel Pinkerton
Daniel Pinkerton

I've had encounters with these folks before. Brianna's a good lady but has been wrapped up in things beyond her kin. I'd like to see Aaron slicing pickles for a year for what he's done to such a positive, vibrant, and beautiful young woman!

SpottedDick
SpottedDick

The NRA solution of course is more guns.



Amanda McGregor
Amanda McGregor

"Can Denver possibly get a grasp on the out of control violence of the last two days? Two shootings and now we ask: what should residents do to protect themselves from the constant impending doom! Doom, guns, doom!" Now that's sensational.

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

Another morning another whiny Lamebook user looking for any little trigger (no pun intended) to fuel their false narrative.

Virgil Dunn
Virgil Dunn

^^^^No, you're just another whiny Internet DWEEB who's paranoid about big bad gubmint coming to take away your precious penile replacements a.k.a. gunz!

Ed_Gruberman
Ed_Gruberman

Representatives from the arms industry, er, the NRA, were unavailable for comment.

Bret Egan
Bret Egan

I am disappointed that using a handgun to shoot someone is not against the law! If we had laws preventing people from shooting one another, these shootings would stop altogether!

Kevin A. Mahmalji
Kevin A. Mahmalji

Just to be sure you fully understand the word: Sensationalism - The use of exciting or shocking stories or language at the expense of accuracy, in order to provoke public interest or excitement. I get you're trying to use this a way to promote your ideology, but it's a stretch man, let's be honest.

Salvator Buttita
Salvator Buttita

Another morning another shooting has an implicit commentary that is reinforced throughout the rest of there communication that perpetuates the myth that we are becoming a more violent trigger happy society when in fact the opposite is true.

Kevin A. Mahmalji
Kevin A. Mahmalji

Not really sensationalism, just reporting. There's no exciting or shocking language being used to provoke public interest or excitement. If anything its a very vague report lacking much needed details.

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