2021-04-01 02:24:30 UTC
Colorado Motorcycle Expo turns violent: 1 killed, 7 injured
'Whether it was motorcycle gang-related ... that is still to be determined,'
police chief says.
A battle involving gunfire and knives erupted at a Denver motorcycle
exposition on Saturday afternoon, leaving at least one person dead and
sending seven people to the hospital, authorities said.
There were no immediate arrests in the mayhem, which took place at the
Colorado Motorcycle Expo at the National Western Complex, Denver Police Chief
Robert White said at a news conference.
The event was canceled for Sunday. Police were talking to several witnesses
and a "person of interest" about the incident, in which four people were
shot, one stabbed and three injured in other ways, possibly in a fist fight.
Three people were in critical condition at area hospitals, while the others
had less serious injuries. White said there was more than one shooter but
could not say could why the fight started.
"Whether it was motorcycle gang-related, whether it was motorcycle club-
related, that is still to be determined," White said. "This is very early on
in the investigation."
The incident recalled a shootout last May outside a restaurant in Waco,
Texas, in which nine bikers were killed, 18 injured, and scores were
A witness who requested anonymity out of fear of retaliation told the Denver
Post newspaper that the fight was started by rival biker gangs.
The gun fight occurred during the first day of the annual Colorado Motorcycle
Expo, described on its Facebook page as the largest indoor motorcycle swap
meet in the country, drawing thousands.