Anti-gang advocate Terrance Roberts held in shooting of man in parking lot of Boys and Girls club

Roberts works with Prodigal Son Initiative

DENVER - Terrance Roberts, a former gang member who became one of the Denver's leading anti-gang violence activists, has been arrested in connection with the shooting of another man Friday night near his office in Park Hill, sources said and jail booking records show.

Roberts, 37, was being held in the Downtown Denver Detention Center on charges including suspicion of first-degree assault, records show.

The shooting was reported about 6:15 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of the Nancy P. Anschutz Community Center at East 33rd Avenue and Holly Street, which houses, among other businesses, the office of Roberts' Prodigal Son Initiative as well as the Jack A.Vickers Boys and Girls Club, which will hold its official grand opening next month.

Denver police offered few details about the shooting but said the victim was struck multiple times and was in critical condition as of late Friday.

Read more about Roberts on the Denver Post:

Statement from John Arigoni, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

In regards to the tragic incident that occurred on Friday near the newly opened Nancy P. Anschutz Center, home to the Jack A. Vickers Boys & Girls Club, I would like to express heartfelt condolences on behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs to the families who were affected, and to the surrounding community.

We are deeply saddened by this tragedy, and remain committed to the important work that has been established by the Holly Area Redevelopment Project. We will continue to move forward in partnership with the many organizations in the Northeast Park Hill community to help redevelop the area. Boys & Girls Clubs will remain a safe haven for local kids and teens. 

On behalf of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, I can assure the community at large that as an organization we will remain dedicated to serving those who need our services most – and we will continue to do so despite sad and challenging circumstances. Boys & Girls Clubs has supported many communities overcoming significant challenges, and we remain committed to continuing programming in Northeast Park Hill.

The Jack A. Vickers Boys & Girls Club will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 24, with normal Club hours.

The Grand Opening Celebration scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 1 will proceed as planned.

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