Shooting near motorcycle club leaves man in critical condition

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DENVER — Colorado Springs police responding to an unrelated call discovered a shooting victim early this morning, the Colorado Springs Police Department reported.

Officers in the area of Vermijo and Chestnut streets heard gunshots about 3:50 a.m., police said. Upon searching, they found an adult male suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital in serious to critical condition.

In a media release, police noted that the shooting occurred near the local headquarters of the Sin City Deciples, an “outlaw” motorcycle club. The clubhouse made headlines in June of 2012 after a man was shot to death outside following a fight with Deciples members.

Police also responded to a pair of reported beatings at the club on Saturday. It remained unclear if the incidents were related.

Vermijo Street was closed for several hours while police processed the scene.