Denver police investigating shooting near Union Station; one taken to hospital

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DENVER (KDVR) — Denver Police are still searching for a suspect, or suspects, who shot and injured two people near Union Station on Friday night.

It happened near 18th and Wewatta, around 11 p.m.

Nearby tenants at Union Denver by Daydream, quickly took to social media, sharing pictures and videos of the scene—showing over a dozen emergency and police vehicles.

“It was pretty chaotic at the time.  The cops showed up within three minutes,” said Mike Harding, who lives at Union Denver. “That was pretty crazy just to see happening live, with the gunshots right outside of my window.”

Witnesses say they heard at least eight gunshots in the area.

FOX31 spoke with one of the victims, shortly after he was released from the hospital Saturday for a gunshot wound in the back.

He says he was getting ready to start work at Hotel Indigo, and was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Neighbors were relieved to hear the victims’ injuries were non-life threatening, but say this incident highlights an ongoing issue inside their building.

“It just really shows the lack of safety that you would expect in a building like this,” said Harding.

Neither Denver Police, nor Union Denver have said much about the shooting. Though a spokesperson, Union Denver said it is cooperating with police and pulling surveillance video.

“I know a lot of people in the building were very, very scared because of this,” said Harding.

Harding is part of several private social media groups that circulated a picture of at least seven officers inside his building—a few of which appear to be wearing tactical gear.

The person who snapped the picture alleges it was taken shortly after the shooting, and was on the 5th floor, inside Union Denver.

Harding says he and other neighbors have been concerned about Airbnb rentals and parties happening inside the building in the last few months.

“It is kind of crazy that these shootings happened right outside—and that people had the ability to throw these 20-30 person parties in Airbnb’s, where they’re just renting them out to party, breaking social distancing guidelines,” said Harding.

Union Denver did not verify if the unit in the picture was being rented out as an Airbnb, the night of the shooting.

Denver Police say the incident is still under investigation.

They are asking that anyone with information on this shooting contact them immediately.

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