3 wounded in separate shootings 6 blocks apart in Lower Downtown Denver

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DENVER -- Three people were injured and one suspect is in custody after two shootings six blocks apart in Lower Downtown on Friday morning, the Denver Police Department said.

The first shooting happened in front of the Dorchester Club near 14th and Market streets about 2:30 a.m.

A man and a woman were shot and taken to Denver Health Medical Center for treatment. Police said both are in stable condition.

Police arrested Mikal Newton, 18, in connection to the shooting. He is being held for investigation of aggravated assault.

Police said Newton used a semiautomatic handgun and fired multiple rounds at the two victims, who were not identified.

An off-duty officer said he saw Newton move from the open passenger side door area of a Hyundai sedan, according to a probably cause statement.

Newton was moving to the back of the vehicle with the gun when he was taken into custody.

About 20 minutes later, police responded to a shooting at 19th and Blake streets, about six blocks from the first shooting.

A man was shot in the shoulder and was taken to a hospital. Police did not release any suspect information.

It's the latest in a string of violence in the LoDo neighborhood despite moves by police to increase patrols and safety in the entertainment area.

Much of the violence happens in the early-morning hours after bars and clubs close at 2 a.m.

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