DENVER (CBS4) – Denver police took two suspects into custody after a shooting in downtown Denver on Saturday. The shooting happened as hundreds gathered for two different protests and rallies.

Police say one of the suspects is being held in direct connection to the shooting. The second person taken into custody was apprehended for different allegations, police say.

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One male was shot. Denver police say that victim died.

Officers were staged all over Civic Center Park at the time. The shooting happened in the courtyard of the Denver Art Museum.

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Officers flooded the area moments after the shooting.

CBS4’s Rick Sallinger was near the scene. He reports people were arguing before the gunfire and a cloud of orange smoke coming from the area right before the shooting.

Police say they recovered a mace canister from the scene. It’s not clear if it was part of the situation. The individuals in custody are described as white males.

Police officials say it’s up to the district attorney to determine whether the male who allegedly shot the gun was doing so in self defense.

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One group of protesters was calling for police reform while the other group of protesters was showing support for police. The rally held by the Patriot Muster group was ending.

Denver police are trying to determine the involvement of the victim or suspects. The victim was taken to the hospital.

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Police say there were no other arrests from these protests.

Danielle Chavira

Comments (26)
  1. John says:

    This news station is going to get sued into bankruptcy for hiring a Marxist thug as a security guard.

  2. Joseph says:

    If you don’t want more intolerance and violence, then don’t complain about what you see – from ANY “side”. DO something. Resist the urge of being violent and intolerant in your speech and thoughts. We are all Americans. We don’t have to share the same views but we DO have to live together. You may not be the tiger, but you don’t have to feed him. It is not okay to be disrespectful.

  3. Chip says:

    What the Fake News doesn’t show you are the blm/antifa thugs throwing things at the cops and calling them the most vile of names. Let’s get real, Ronnie Boy. There is NO moral equivalency between a rally of “right wingers” who claimed a particular day and hour to show the colors, proclaim the greatness of this nation, and show support for the police and a group of acknowledged communists and agitators who publicly said they were going to show up with weapons (soup cans) to confront a group of people who they also labeled with vile names. The right wingers were acting lawfully and civilly, the communists were acting like the enemies of this nation that they are. For you to claim otherwise is an Alinsky-style lie the Left is known for.

  4. Aaron says:

    More disgusting violence from the radical left. Will Biden and his cronies condemn their actions?

  5. Joseph, again says:

    Let’s assume you’re right (not Ron), then how do you propose we calm the violence and create civility – regardless of differing beliefs? What is a solution to intolerance? Or do you propose that we just name-call and continue on this dangerous trajectory? Our language and thoughts are what incite violence.

  6. Joseph, Sweetie says:

    Thanks for doing the heavy lifting, Ron. Some people these days just can’t resist defending a position, facts and evidence be damned. What a waste of energy, not to mention WWJD??

  7. Ron Booth says:

    As reported by a Denver Post reporter who was an eyewitness: “A man participating in what was billed as a “Patriot Rally” sprayed mace at another man and that man shot him with a handgun.” Other eye witness reports have not yet identified any specific affiliation of the shooter. Many have “assumed” it was one of the counter protesters but this took place some distance from the rally site and other reports indicate that there was first a verbal altercation, the “Patriot Rally” person sprayed mace in the face of the person he was arguing with and that person shot the PR guy. I saw video of the altercation and one thing that was OBVIOUS was that the mace was sprayed at near point blank range. If someone in the middle of an argument resorted to spraying mace directly in my face and I was packing I can’t say as I would have reacted differently. And let’s be clear, it isn’t “just” the BLM of AntiFa that has issues with the Proud Boys, Boogaloo Boys and other right wing extremists who are responding to Trump’s dog whistle.

    1. Russell says:

      So you support Kyle Rittenhouse I assume?

    2. alicat2441 says:

      Yeah. That’s not what happened. The guy who was shot was arguing with a guy in a Black Guns Matter shirt. The dead man walked away from the argument and was a good 10-20ft away from the argument when the hiss of the mace can and a shot is heard. No other argument or words were heard when the dead man walked away. So I highly doubt you know what your talking about because I saw the video and there was NO argument between the dead guy and shooter.

    3. Chip says:

      You’re a liar and the still photo proves it. The shooter can’t reasonably claim he feared for his life and he clearly DOES NOT look like any legitimate security I’ve ever seen. The shooter is an antifa/blm/communist thug who came to a lawful rally to disrupt it and act violently.

    4. Chip says:

      Fake News Media is largely responsible for this! They have downplayed the antifa/blm violence across the country, calling it “mostly peaceful protests” as buildings burn in the background. Then they create this “white supremacist” boogeyman who they claim is provoking the anarchists into their spasms of violence. And all the time you couldn’t fill a good sized swimming pool with the number of “white supremacists” in this country. The media are stone-cold LIARS!

  8. Fred says:

    A Patriot Prayer guy was shot by Antifa. That makes two cold blooded murders by Antifa and none for Patriot Prayer.

    1. Ron Booth says:

      As reported in the latest Denver Post update: “Police initially said two people were taken into custody but later said one of them was not involved in the incident. They tweeted that the suspect was a private security guard with no affiliation with Antifa.” Let me repeat NO AFFILIATION WITH ANTIFA per the Denver Police Department. Its best to not get your exercise jumping to conclusions.

      1. John says:

        The Producer from this MSM station and the “security guard” both have pro antifa messages on their social media accounts. The shooter has a space invaders tattoo on his wrist which is affiliated with BLM/Antifa. The Denver PD doesn’t know what it’s taking about and neither do you.

  9. Joseph says:

    And this on-the-scene brave CBS4 reporter should never have used unverified labels and “loaded words” to describe either side. Just a poor reflection on the station.

  10. Bob says:

    More than likely the cops shot the victim.

  11. Joseph says:

    How could anyone know whether any of the counter protesters were communists??? Why is one group called “patriots” and the other is denigrated and assumed not to be patriotic? Supporting law enforcement and agencies is NOT counter to holding individuals within those agencies accountable for unequal treatment, profiling and undue force against some Americans. Stop the madness and division.

    1. Mary says:

      Sweetie…they were self-described communists. That’s who put held the counter-protest. The Denver Communists.

      1. Ron Booth says:

        Well Mary, that’s only partly true, yes the Denver Communists were sponsors of the Soup Drive but also Black Lives Matter, H.O.E.S. (Help On Every Street), Front Range Mutual Aid Network, W.I.T.C.H., Anon Resistance Movement and others. Also as reported in the latest Denver Post update: “Police initially said two people were taken into custody but later said one of them was not involved in the incident. They tweeted that the suspect was a private security guard with no affiliation with Antifa.” Let me repeat NO AFFILIATION WITH ANTIFA per the Denver Police Department.

  12. Ron Booth says:

    article starts by saying “Two suspects taken into custody” further down is states a “…9News Employee and a 9News Contractor taken into custody.
    But the headline says two taken into custody…so are we to believe that the two suspects are the 9News Employee and Contractor are the suspects or????

  13. Locked and loaded says:

    Agreed Chip and Mary.

  14. Chip says:

    Kudos Mary! This journalism thing really isn’t that hard. The “Patriot Rally” was announced before Antifa made plans to come and engage them in a violent confrontation. Insofar as the “patriots” supporting the police, when has that ever been wrong in this country? On the other hand, Antifa is NOT about police reform but about destroying this nation. They don’t hide that fact. Any so-called reporter who can’t make the distinction should go back to grade school.

  15. Mary says:

    One group of protesters were COMMUNISTS. Good grief…get it right.

    1. Gary Yeager says:

      And the other group were fascists.

      1. alicat2441 says:

        I really, really don’t think your definition of “fascist” is Merriam-Webster’s definition.

      2. Chip says:

        And just how does flag waving and holding a rally in support of the United States and the police make them fascists? Why did the antifa/communist/blm thugs decide after the announcement of the “patriot” rally that they were going to confront them? Why the soup cans? Couldn’t you find enough rocks and frozen ice water?

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