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Aurora Police are releasing the name of the man believed to have been shot in the parking lot outside the Country Buffet restaurant (1100 block S. Sable Blvd.) The deceased victim has been identified as Thomas Edward Powell DOB 2/15/77. Mr. Powell had been driving a Silver 1999 GMC Yukon with Tennessee license plates at the time of the shooting. Photos of that vehicle are attached to this press release. Anyone with information about the shooting, or who might have seen any unusual circumstances involving this vehicle, is asked to contact Major Crime Det. Craig Appel at (303)739-6207. The Aurora Police Department Reward Fund is offering up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and filing of charges against the suspect(s). Originally released August 5, 2007: The Aurora Police Department is investigating a fatal shooting. On Saturday evening, August 4, 2007, at about 8:00 p.m., officers were called to the Country Buffet restaurant located in the 1100 block of S. Sable Blvd. on a report of a shooting victim collapsing inside the business. When officers arrived, they found a male victim lying inside the entrance suffering from a gunshot wound to his upper torso. Patrons of the restaurant informed officers that the male victim staggered into the business and requested help. Several customers immediately began rendering aid to the victim until emergency service providers arrived. Investigators from the Major Crime Unit believe that the shooting took place in the parking lot area of the business. A motive for the shooting is unknown at this time. The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment. He succumbed to his wound(s) later that evening. Police have identified the victim, but his name is being withheld pending confirmation from the Arapahoe County Coroner's office. Police are looking for a white compact vehicle that was last seen hurriedly leaving the area. Anyone with information regarding the vehicle or the incident

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