DENVER -- Two men are dead and a woman is in critical condition after an early morning shooting Sunday outside a community center in southeast Denver.
Witnesses reported hearing rapid gunfire as a crowd of people ran to a parking lot near Leetsdale Drive and South Monaco Parkway. No arrests had been made as of late Sunday.
Dozens of shots were fired just before 3:30 a.m. outside the Eritrean Community In Colorado event center. The center is located in a former strip mall that is described by many as more of a nightclub.
“People start screaming,” said a witness who called 911. “We [saw] some person limping.”
Those who live near the crime scene said a rapid succession of gunfire could be heard for several seconds.
“Sounded like a string of firecrackers,” a neighbor said.
What started as an argument eventually spilled from the event center and into a parking lot, according to the Denver Police Department. Gunfire left vehicle windows shattered.
One man was reported dead at the scene. A second man was reported dead at a hospital. A woman was listed in critical condition on Sunday.
Just before the shooting, man got out of a car wearing a hoodie and zeroed in on a group of people, according to an area business owner.
Neighbors said loud late-night parties at the establishment are common.
“It’s just boom, boom, boom until 3 or 4 in the morning,” a neighbor said. “It just rattles your windows.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Denver CrimeStoppers.