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Capitol Hill shooter arrested after standoff, police say

DENVER — A  suicidal man was arrested early Thursday morning after firing numerous shots from the balcony of an apartment complex in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, police said.

Police responded about 2 a.m. to a report of a suicidal subject at The Gotham Apartments, 1196 Grant St., the Denver Police Department reported in a media release.

The suspected shooter, tentatively identified as Shaun Michael Tobelmann, then barricaded himself inside a fifth-floor apartment and began firing a gun down Grant Street.

A suspect barricaded himself inside an apartment in the Gotham building. A smashed window was visible Thursday morning.

“We got up to look around and there were already a bunch of police cars here,” said Steve, a neighbor who said he lives directly under the apartment in which the shooter barricaded himself. “We were just kind of huddling in our house waiting to find out what to do next.”

Steve declined to give his last name.

The Gotham and nearby buildings were evacuated and police cautioned some other residents to stay inside their homes.

Officers closed the area to traffic and tried to flush the shooter out using a chemical agent, but it didn’t work, DPD Lt. Matt Murray said.

Eventually, the suspect surrendered shortly before 6 a.m. No injuries were reported in the incident.

Authorities said the suspect did not directly threaten any of the building’s residents. But this seemed to be cold comfort for neighbor Steve.

“It’s really frustrating that someone who clearly needs some help has such ready access to guns and ammunition,” he said. “It really hits home when they’re 10 feet above you.”