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Fatal shooting on Colorado’s I-225 remains a mystery

Tom McGhee
The Denver Post
Vail, CO Colorado

Mike Hulburt pulled on the cowboy boots his father bought him for Christmas and headed out for a country and western bar in Lower Downtown on Friday.

Hours later, he died in a hail of bullets fired from an SUV on Interstate 225, possibly a victim of road rage.

Aurora police are looking for whoever shot Hulburt, 22, early Saturday and are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved.

Hulburt, who lived with his father, Scott Hulburt, 46, went with four friends to the Cowboy Lounge on Friday.

On Sunday, Scott Hulburt’s Centennial home was crowded with family and friends coming to grips with the death. A 3-foot-tall white cross was planted in the front yard. Two red balloons floated above the cross, and a box of Sharpies that visitors used to scrawl messages on the cross sat on the ground.

There was no altercation at the bar, no words traded with strangers that might have triggered a shooting, said Scott Hulburt, who said he talked to people who were with his son Friday. “Everybody was saying what a great time they had.”

And Mike Hulburt, who worked with his dad, who helps manage Metco Landscape, wasn’t involved with gangs, his father said.

Police have said they don’t know if there was a relationship between Hulburt and the shooter.

Hulburt was the passenger in a Ford Taurus driven by a friend after leaving the club, said Scott Hulburt. He refused to provide the friend’s full name, saying the shooters could be looking for him.

The friend was driving in the left lane of I-225 when a dark-colored SUV began tailgating and flashing its headlights. The SUV had tinted windows and double-decker white and amber headlights, according to Aurora police.

Hulburt’s friend tapped on his brakes, and the SUV “sped up beside him and unloaded on my son, and he got three bullet wounds to the chest,” Scott Hulburt said.

The friend called police at about 2:40 a.m. about the shooting near I-225 and East Mississippi Avenue.

Hulburt was a lacrosse player at Cherokee Trail High School and was popular in school. “He was defensive lacrosse player of the year,” said his father.

He loved the outdoors and his two dogs, a blue heeler and a rat terrier, that he took with him wherever he went.

“He wanted to be a fireman because his grandfather, my dad, was a fireman. He loved cooking, we were trying to get him into some kind of cooking school,” Scott Hulburt said. “He loved all sports, he would just sit here and watch ESPN all the time.”

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Detective Tom Wilson at 303-739- 6711.

Tom McGhee: 303-954-1671 or tmcghee@denverpost.com

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