ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Deputies have detained several people after a deadly shooting at a strip club in unincorporated Adams County.
Shots rang out around 4:39 a.m. Sunday at the Players Club on Federal Boulevard near 67th Avenue.
It was the third shooting at that location in the last year and a half.
According to Sgt. Jim Morgen, a spokesperson with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, three male customers were kicked out of the club on Saturday night. Morgen said that the patrons returned to the club hours later and fired shots from their car toward an armed security guard. The guard fired back, according to Morgen, striking one of the suspects, who died at the scene.
Area business owners were not happy about how the pattern of violence at the club was affecting stores nearby.
“Bad for business,” commented Rosie Chavez, co-owner of Rosie La Fashion Cali.
Chavez had just opened the shop in June at its new location on Federal and 67th, and already two deadly shootings had rocked the neighborhood since summer.
She arrived to work Sunday morning to find caution tape blocking off access to a handful of surrounding businesses.
“I couldn’t get in through the front because of all the cops and the tape, so I had to go through the back,” Chavez said.
There was heavy law enforcement presence in a crime scene that stretched several blocks up and down Federal.
Authorities reopened the boulevard to traffic around 10:30 a.m., except for the block just north of the Players Club.
State Patrol troopers guarded a dark-colored sedan on the side of the road as Adams County deputies collected evidence.
In June of 2016, flowers and candles sat outside the same club after an employee shot and killed a man, according to deputies.
In September of 2015, another man was shot at the locale, which had become known in the community for its gunfire.
“During the summer, somebody got shot at the same place. So twice, it’s kind of like not a coincidence anymore,” Chavez said.
Chavez said she not only works in the area, but also lives nearby.
“This stuff rarely happens, so it’s comfortable most of the time. But when it happens, it’s a shocker,” she added.
Deputies had detained the two suspects who survived, charging one of them with seven counts of attempted homicide with extreme indifference.
Authorities said that everyone who was involved in the shooting had either been detained or taken into custody and that there was no threat to the public.