comScore Anti-Gang Advocate Arrested in Connection with Shooting

Founder of Anti-Gang Group for At-Risk Teens Arrested in Connection with Shooting

Terrance Roberts, the founder of a group dedicated to keep at-risk youths out of street gangs, has been arrested in connection with a shooting in Denver on Friday. Roberts founded the Prodigal Son Initiative to stop youth violence and dissuade young people from getting involved in street gangs.

Roberts was arrested over a shooting that took place near his Park Hill office, being charged on suspicion of first-degree assault and attempted murder.

Roberts appeared before a judge just before noon on Saturday at the downtown detention center. As he exited the courtroom, he mouthed “I’ll be OK” to nine friends and family members in attendence [sic]…

Denver police offered few details about the shooting but said the victim was struck multiple times. A police spokesman said it was too soon to determine whether the shooting was gang-related.

Roberts’ antiviolence organization, the Prodigal Son, was scheduled to hold a unity rally in the area at the same time as the shooting.

Roberts spoke to the Huffington Post in June about his group’s goals and his personal past experiences with gun violence. He said in the interview, “When I hear loud bangs, I flinch. Those types of things––pretty much PTSD kind of trauma.”

You can watch that video here, via HuffPo:

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