One person remains in critical condition after being shot early Saturday (Dec. 27) after a nightclub performance by rapper E-40, four others wounded in the incident were treated at a local hospital and released.
The violence started at 1:45 outside Vinyl nightclub in Denver, Colorado. Witnesses said gunfire erupted at the end of a sold-out rap concert by E-40 as people were exiting the venue.
“They fight all the time outside the club. I knew one day there would be gunshots,” said Amy McCracken, who lives above the club. “[the gunshots] woke me up, I jumped up and looked out. There were people running all over.”
A stray bullet was lodged in the wall over Lorenzo Tenorio’s bed at the nearby 11th Avenue Hotel. “First I heard two, then three shots, and then one right after another. … I lost count,” Tenorio said. “It was like I was back in Vietnam.”
Regas Christou is the owner of Vinyl as well as six other clubs in the vicinity. Christou and his properties have a long history of violence. Most notably, on New Year’s Eve 2006 an altercation outside of the Shelter — across the street from Vinyl and also owned by Christou — led to the drive-by shooting that killed Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams.
Denver police have not made any arrests and are still searching for clues to the identities of the assailants and a motive for the shootings.