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Woman injured in shooting outside Club Vinyl

3:51 PM, Jul 2, 2010   |    comments
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According to Denver Police spokesperson Sonny Jackson, around 2 a.m. Friday, as officers were monitoring the crowd coming out of Club Vinyl at 10th Avenue and Broadway, they heard a gunshot.

"You have alcohol, and you have people with guns. That presents a problem, generally," Jackson said.

When they went to investigate, they found a man pointing a gun outside of a nearby Arby's restaurant.

"Shots were fired between - we're not sure exactly who all fired," Jackson said. "We do know our two officers did fire. Suspect took off running. We recovered one weapon."

During the gunfire, a woman was wounded in the leg by bullet fragments from what appears to be the officers' handguns, authorities say. She was taken to Denver Health Medical Center for treatment. Jackson says her injury is considered to be non-life threatening.

The suspect, described as a man in his 20s, was arrested by officers. It is unclear what charges he may face.

Jackson says the incident is under investigation.

When officers see someone pointing a gun, it instantly becomes a public safety risk, he says.

"You've got an individual pointing a gun into the crowd at a group of people, you've got to engage him for the crowd's safety," Jackson said.

Investigators collected shell casings at the scene in hopes of making a determination.

Police say they have seen an increase in violent crimes in the area of 11th Avenue and Broadway. Between January and June, they say there have been 72 calls for assault, 11 of which were for aggravated assault, 101 disturbance calls and 81 fight calls in the area.

And this is not the first shooting at Club Vinyl. On Dec. 27, 2008, five people were shot by a gunman at the establishment.

"Not to besmirch that club, but at the same time, we have had some issues where we've had a shooting here before," Jackson said.

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