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Shooting suspect arrested in Fort Collins

September 23, 2010

Colorado State University police, Fort Collins police, and Larimer County Sheriff's deputies worked together to arrest Shameek Jamal Bernard Lewis, 20, of Aurora, at 2 a.m. Thursday in Fort Collins. Lewis, who is not a Colorado State University student or employee, is a suspect in a shooting of a Broomfield man, also not a CSU student or employee, on the fringe of campus during the early morning hours of Sept. 8.

No injuries during arrest

Shameek Jamal Bernard Lewis (at right) was arrested at the Motel 6 on Mulberry Road near I-25 in Fort Collins. Lewis was arrested on a warrant charging him with attempted first degree murder and attempted aggravated robbery from the incident on campus.

Joseph Richard Layton, 19, was with Lewis in the hotel room and also was taken into custody on a warrant for failure to appear on a weapons charge out of Denver. A 16-year-old male juvenile who also was in the room was taken into custody for a statewide misdemeanor warrant for criminal mischief and failure to appear also out of the Denver area.

There were no injuries to the suspects, citizens, or officers during the arrest.

Drug transaction suspected Sept. 8

During the Sept. 8 incident, Johnnie Bradley Fresquez, 21, of Broomfield, was wounded when a bullet grazed his arm after Lewis allegedly asked him for drugs. The incident took place in a parking lot on the far southwestern edge of campus shortly after midnight. Fresquez did not immediately report the incident to police but instead drove to Broomfield and reported it to police there several hours later. Fresquez did not seek medical care for his injury.

While neither party involved in the incident was connected to CSU, police believe Lewis and Fresquez picked a location on campus for a drug transaction. CSU police officers investigating the incident were able to determine that there was not an immediate threat to campus following the shooting and that the incident was isolated.

Security cameras, additional lighting by end of Oct.

Police did advise students and employees to use extra caution while on campus and to report any suspicious activity to police. CSUPD also performed extra patrols in the area and worked with student housing officials to address any safety concerns.

CSU has approved funding to add security cameras in the parking area where the crime occurred, as well as some additional lighting, by the end of October.

Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg