Editor’s note: This story has been updated with the correct location of Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row.
DENVER (KDVR) — Police are looking for a woman accused of shooting toward a club in downtown Denver late Saturday night. Five people were taken to the hospital.
The shooting took place outside of the Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row club in the 1900 block of Market Street in Lower Downtown. Police say a woman in line to get into the club was stopped from entering when security believed she was not using her own ID.
The woman allegedly left, went back to speak with security, then shot toward the club as she left.
“There seemed to be some sort of confrontation or a fight over that verbal altercation, at which she produced a handgun that was concealed on her person and started shooting,” said Armando Saldate, executive director of Denver Public Safety.
According to police, the suspect “may have been shooting towards the security personnel,” but the victims were not the intended targets. The five victims are expected to survive.
No gun was recovered and the club did not violate any policies. Witnesses can contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 (STOP).
Downtown Denver safety concerns
Saldate said two off-duty officers were working around the bar and other officers were on duty in LoDo.
The shooting comes after another shooting in June just a block away that injured several people.
Denver Police has in the past come up with strategies to address large party crowds in the area with clubs and bars.
“We do know that police are a deterrent to criminal behavior. However, it’s not be-all-end-all,” Saldate said.
A spokesperson with Whiskey Row released a statement to FOX31: “We are very concerned about the ongoing criminal activity in LoDo and have been engaged with city officials and neighborhood leaders on how to make positive improvements in the area.”
Chris Hinds, District 10 council member, told FOX31’s Vicente Arenas that more must be done to make the area safer.
“At that tactical moment, who was there to hold her accountable?” Hinds said of the wanted shooting suspect. “That’s what our police do, and we need to make sure that we have adequate police force throughout our city.”
Hinds said both long-term and tactical strategies that help people experiencing mental health issues and addiction are needed. But for now, he said additional police are needed.
“We have a staffing amount that we want for our city for our police department, and we are understaffed,” Hinds said.