Police ID suspect accused of shooting motorist during series of carjackings in west Denver on Monday

Alejandro Noel remains at large

DENVER - Police are searching for a gunman who shot a man during a series of three carjackings in west Denver on Monday afternoon.

Late Monday night, police identified the man as 19-year-old Alejandro Theodore Noel.

"He's armed and dangerous and we're trying to capture him as quickly as possible," Denver police spokesman Sgt. Steve Warneke said of the gunman, who last seen running in the area of West 44th Aveue and Quitman Street. Police were searching that area.

Police said the one-man crime wave began about 4:45 p.m. when the gunman shot a man who was sitting in a silver sport utility vehicle in the 1400 block of Newton Street.

That man was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

"I go right away outside (to see) what happened, but I can't go outside right away (because) the man, he put the gun on me," said the victim's grandmother, Virginia DeHernandez.

Police initially thought a 12-year-old boy was grazed by a bullet during the shooting, but the child was not hurt, Warneke said.

"I just thought it was firecrackers," said a neighbor who did not want to be identified. "Firecrackers or gunshots, and that's unusual. The middle of the day? Come on."

After the shooting, police say he crashed a van and carjacked a vehicle in the 1500 block of Meade. The gunman then carjacked a U.S. Postal Service truck at West 24th Avenue and Julian Street, a police officer at that scene told 7NEWS. The postal worker was not harmed, police said.

Then the gunman jumped from the postal truck at West 29th Avenue and Irving Street and ordered a male driver out of his red Chevy Cobalt at gunpoint and drove off in that car, witnesses told 7NEWS reporter Marshall Zelinger.

"He yelled, he told him, 'Get the 'F' out of the car now,'" said witness Rick Lanford. "He had a gun to his head, so evidently he had to get out instead of getting shot."

Police said Noel eventually ditched the Chevy Cobalt and was last seen on foot in the area of West 44th Aveue and Quitman Street.

Police describe the suspect as a light-skinned black man, who was 6-foot-2 to 6-foot-4 and wearing a blue bandana on his head.