ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. – A 16-year-old boy has been charged as an adult with first-degree murder and attempted murder in connection with the shooting of a 19-year-old woman in Adams County. Devin Padilla is facing charges of first-degree murder after deliberation, first-degree murder-extreme indifference, first-degree attempted murder-after deliberation, and first-degree attempted murder-extreme indifference.
The incident took place in the 1900 block of Sherrelwood Circle on Jan. 28. Amia Radke, 19, was shot while driving and tragically succumbed to her injuries. Her mother, who was also in the vehicle, sustained serious injuries in the subsequent crash.
Family members of the victim revealed that the mother noticed a figure in the middle of the road, and as she saw the figure raise his hand, she screamed at Amia to drive away. Unfortunately, the assailant opened fire, fatally wounding Amia. The mother sustained multiple fractures and is expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks.
Following the arrest of Padilla and the announcement of charges, the sheriff’s office has called on nearby residents to review any security camera footage they may have between the evening of Jan. 27 and the early morning of Jan. 28. They suspect that the assailant may have been on foot and possibly involved in vehicle trespasses prior to the shooting.
Padilla made his initial court appearance on Wednesday morning, and due to his age, no booking photo was released. The community has been deeply impacted by this tragic event, and the case is under ongoing investigation.