Downtown events marred by violence over weekend

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DENVER — Police are investigating several violent incidents in downtown this weekend.

On Saturday at 2:30 p.m., a man was shot and injured on the Cherry Creek bike path near Speer Boulevard and Stout street.

Then Saturday around 10:30 p.m., there was a large fight that witness said was prompted by a group of transients taunting people walking by on the 16th Street Mall.

“I don’t remember it as bad as it is today. I think it’s much worse that it was four years ago,” said Mark Webber, in town from Utah for the weekend.

Webber recorded video of the violent fight on 16th and California streets.

“There was a couple, man and wife walking down the street and they were being harassed by the transients or the homeless,” Webber said.

Webber said words were exchanged and a fight broke out but was quickly broken up. Then more people from the same group got involved.

“Different people from the same crowd that hangs out on 16th Street attacked them again,” he said. “One of the agitators got the u-lock back and then charged somebody else and tried to take a swipe at another guy.”

Webber said the husband pulled a pocket knife to defend himself and his wife. In the video, someone is heard telling one of the men involved that he can’t beat up a woman.

“Ultimately, it ended up with bottles being broken over people’s heads, a knife and a u-lock, and people are in jail and the hospital because of it,” Webber said.

All of this in the middle of a popular downtown street that sees horse=drawn carriage rides, families at dinner and people out for a night on the town.

“I think society is changing and becoming more violent. I just hope more law=abiding citizens pay attention because we shouldn’t stay at home and be afraid to go out,” Webber said.

One block of the 16th Street Mall was taped off while police investigated the fight. Buses were rerouted and people walking also had to find other routes. Police took several people into custody.

One of them was bleeding heavily. Conditions on both the suspects and victims are not known.

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