3 suspects arrested after shots fired near Civic Center Park

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DENVER -- Denver police arrested three suspects after shots were fired near Civic Center Park around noon on Thursday.

George Sorano was at a bus stop on Colfax Avenue and Lincoln Street and told FOX31 Denver he saw a man and a woman walking down the north side of Colfax toward Broadway.

The two appeared to have an argument, Sorano said, and the man walked into the middle of Colfax and started heading toward another man on the south side.

"Next thing you know, this guy on the south side of the street pulls out a gun and fires two shots," Sorano said. The other man returned fire briefly before both ran away.

"I just froze and watched it all," Sorano said.

Miraculously no one was hit by the gunfire, police said.

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Police officers and troopers from the Colorado State Patrol, which is in charge of protecting the nearby state capitol, rushed to the area.

Three individuals were taken into custody, police said in a tweet.  Their names have not been released.

Police said several weapons were found at the scene, although they have not yet said what kind.

The State Capitol was put on a precautionary lockdown shortly after the shooting. Gov. John Hickenlooper was visiting Denver Broncos training camp at Dove Valley at the time of the shooting.

Colfax was closed between Lincoln and Broadway while officers put up evidence markers and police tape.

Civic Center Park is a popular lunch spot for many downtown workers who go to a gathering of food trucks at the center of the park.

Civic Center Park is a popular lunch spot for many downtown workers who go to a gathering of food trucks at the center of the park.

Civic Center Park is a relatively popular spot for downtown workers to go for lunch.  It also connects downtown to popular tourist spots like the Denver Library and the Denver Art Museum.

The city hosts a gathering of food trucks on the park for Civic Center EATS on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Last month, the city installed 14 surveillance cameras in Civic Center as part of an effort to deter increasing crime in the area.

In April, three people were hurt at Civic Center Park in a shooting during a 4/20 rally.

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