Shooting after Super Bowl has Denver Police stumped; Brother of victim says it was random

DENVER - Video shows Donovin Padilla's Broncos hat and other things marking the spot where he was gunned down shortly after the Super Bowl.

"This shouldn't happen," said Donovin's brother, Carlos Carbajal. "Not to him. He's a good kid. He's in school."

The 20-year-old art student at the Art Institute of Colorado was shot while walking to the store just as the Super Bowl was ending Sunday night.

"I picked up his shirt. And there was a wound right here and a wound right here," said Carbajal, pointing to the right side of his abdomen and just above his left ribs. "I thought he was just joking around, then we saw his eyes roll back."

The shooting forced police to shut down the intersection of 14th and Kalamath at about 8 p.m. Sunday. Denver police say they have no suspect and the crime appears to be random.

Carbajal said they were watching the Super Bowl as a family, eating enchiladas when his brother decided to run to the store to grab cigarettes.

Cousin Isaih Martinez said things went from calm to chaotic in a hurry.   

"We were just upstairs and ran outside," he said. "I couldn't believe it when I saw him on the ground."

"The (witnesses) said it was someone who had walked by," said Carbajal. "They got into a little argument or something."

On Monday, family and friends gathered at the area where it happened.

Carbajal said his brother is going to recover.

"He was in critical condition," said Carbajal. "But, now he's stable. He's breathing."

Carbajal said it's unclear whether the alleged argument had anything to do with the Super Bowl.

"We just don't know," he said.

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