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Suspect identified, arrest warrant issued in Brighton shooting investigation

Posted on 03/07/2020

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office has identified one of the suspects wanted in connection with a shooting at a home north of Brighton that hospitalized five people.

Deputies have obtained an attempted murder warrant for the suspect’s arrest. The suspect is not being identified because he is a juvenile.

The sheriff’s office also has located the vehicle connected to the shooting. The vehicle has been impounded and the sheriff’s office has executed a search warrant on the car. 

Investigators continue to actively search for the suspect, who is not yet in custody. Investigators do not believe he poses a threat to the general public.

In addition to identifying one of the suspected shooters, Weld County investigators also have eliminated Johnathon Gonzalez-Villa as a suspect in the case.

The sheriff’s office continues to ask for the public’s help with identifying two young men connected to the shooting. They are both described as African Americans in their late teens or early 20s.

One of the men was described as having puffy hair up in a bun, wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and t-shirt. The second African American man was wearing crimped long hair in a bun. He was wearing a blue satin Ralph’s Tigers jacket by Polo. The jacket has a similar style as a letterman jacket.

The shooting occurred about 11:30 p.m. last Saturday, Feb. 29, at an address near Weld County Road 2 (168th Avenue) and Starr Lane. Five people were shot during the incident. They were all taken to nearby hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The sheriff’s office is not releasing the names of those wounded in the shooting because they are victims in an active attempted murder investigation.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Det. Dayle Rosebrock at (970) 400-2889 or Det. Brandon Ong at (970) 400-5816.

Anyone with information regarding this or any other crime is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward.