DENVER -- Just a little more than one hour into 2016 police lights and crime tape surrounded the parking lot outside Denver’s Church Nightclub.
Denver Police were called to the scene at 12th and Lincoln around 1:30 a.m. on reports of shots fired.
As hundreds of people celebrated the New Year in the converted cathedral, police say at least two people were involved in an altercation while leaving the club.
“I think given the time, anytime you have an out-crowd at a night club in lower downtown or in any part of our city its going to be slightly chaotic. I don’t know if that contributed at all,” said Tyrone Campbell, Denver Police spokesperson.
The confrontation led to a shooting outside.
“There was an altercation in the parking lot and shots were fired,” Campbell said.
Friends of the victim identify him as David Cisneros. They say he was shot three times, twice in the stomach and once in the shoulder. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.
“Obviously there were a number of people in the area and we are looking for witnesses to come forward,” Campbell said.
Friends say Cisneros is recovering in the hospital.
Police are still looking for the suspect in the shooting.
They only information given is that he is a hispanic male who fled the scene wearing a grey shirt.