2 dead, one wounded after rapid-fire shooting in southeast Denver

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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.

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