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Cold case: Man gunned down walking to bus stop

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KUSA - Paul Cortez was shot down for no apparent reason while walking to the bus stop, according to Denver homicide detectives trying to solve the 2010 cold case.

Detective Louis Estrada describes Cortez as "a pretty good kid," who was known in the neighborhood. The 21-year-old "had no enemies there was no vendetta," according to Estrada.

On October 27, 2010, Cortez was watching Game One of the World Series at a friend's house. When the game was over, he planned to ride the bus home. Cortez made a purchase at the Conoco convenience store at the corner of York Street and Bruce Randolph Avenue, across the street from the RTD stop.

Moments after leaving the store, Cortez was approached and shot multiple times. He died at the hospital.

"This was just senseless," Estrada said. "There was no motive at all that we could find."

9Wants to Know has learned detectives are still looking for three unidentified people who are either witnesses or suspects. Estrada says the two men and one woman were inside the store just before the shooting, and they left before police arrived.

The woman was wearing a tan or off-white pants, a cream-colored shirt, and a colorful bandana with a floral or paisley pattern. Both men wore all black. One was a black man in his 20s, 5'8'' to 5'9'', weighing 175 pounds. The second man was taller, about 6 feet tall, in his late 20s, weighing about 180 pounds and wearing a hoodie. Estrada says he may have been the gunman.

"We just ask their cooperation to come forward," Estrada said. "If you are not involved, just please tell us what you know."

If you have any information that could be helpful to detectives, call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP.

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