Anti-gang activist Terrance Roberts declines to answer questions about gun used in shooting

Roberts charged with attempted murder, assault

DENVER - The anti-gang activist accused of shooting a reputed gang member in the parking lot of the Boys and Girls Club in Park Hill last month appeared in court Monday.

Afterwards, he declined to talk about the gun used in the shooting.

Terrance Roberts, 37, is accused of shooting Isaiah Hasan Jones multiple times, including at least once while Jones was lying motionless on the ground.

Roberts told witnesses that he was defending himself, according to a probable cause statement obtained by 7NEWS.

Roberts had a semi-automatic handgun and told suspected gang members gathered in the parking lot for a community rally, "I had to shoot that (N word). He pulled a knife on me … all you would have shot him, too," according to the affidavit.

Jones' uncle, Jabulani Abdalla, says his nephew was shot five times -- once in the back, once in the side and three times in the stomach.

"Two of the bullets struck his heart," Abdalla said. "He's still in the hospital. He'll be there awhile."

Abdalla said Jones can't talk because he still has tubes in his throat.

"But he can write and he can text," Abdalla said. "but we still don't know if he's going to be paralyzed."

Jones remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Roberts posted $100,000 bond, and was released from jail

He's been charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon and three counts of possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

Roberts, who at one time was in a gang himself, served time for several felony convictions and cannot, legally, possess a gun.

He's due back in court Oct. 31 for a preliminary hearing.