An afternoon at a motorcycle show turned lethal when two gangs met up and dealt with some unfinished business. The 38th Annual Colorado Motorcycle Expo weekend at National Western Complex near the Denver Coliseum in Denver, Colorado became deadly after violence broke out Saturday afternoon, Jan. 30, 2016 around 12:45 p.m. (2:45 p.m. ET). A combination of a shooting and stabbing left one person dead, and six injured including three in critical condition. So far, Denver Police has not made any arrests.
Originally, Denver Health reported nine people had been injured and taken to the hospital. The six injured are being treated at Denver Health Medical Center. Dr. Kevin McVaney at the hospital’s emergency room said that three of the injured were in critical condition while three were stable. McVaney did not report the types of injuries neither did the police. For nearly four hours the emergency room was put on lockdown, police lifted it at about 4:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. ET).
Denver Police Chief Robert White spoke to the press at 6 p.m. (8 p.m. ET) where he said that four people had been shot, while one was stabbed. Three people had minor injuries. Although there were no arrests, police took away some men in handcuffs for questioning. There is one person of interest being held by police and is still being questioned. Denver Police believe outside law enforcement or off duty police may have been involved in the gunfire exchange, and that there was “more than one shooter.”
Witnesses say rival biker gangs started the fight that quickly turned violent. Witnesses operating booths at the expo “heard two shots and saw people dive under tables.” Neither did they heard any arguments before the shootings. After the original shots were fired witnesses saw pools of blood, one other witness saw up to 50 men fighting on the stairs, which were also blood soaked.
The expo continued Saturday afternoon and evening, but only those in already could stay. After the shooting, nobody was allowed to enter expo. The city of Denver and the Western Stock Show Association announced that the second day of the show on Sunday, Jan. 31 would be cancelled, and ticketholders will be refunded.