On Tuesday morning, nine people were shot and wounded near the Denver Nuggets’ Ball Arena in an apparent drug deal. The shooting happened as celebrations for the team’s first NBA championship were winding down. One of two men who were arrested in connection with the shooting also sustained a gunshot wound.
Police said nine men and a woman were shot during the incident. Their wounds were not believed to be life-threatening. Police noted that it was likely that some of the others who were wounded were also possibly involved in the shooting.
At least 20 rounds were fired in the area, and five handguns and small bags of fentanyl pills were recovered. Police said they are still investigating the shooting and have not released any further details.
The shooting comes at a time when gun violence is on the rise in Denver. In 2022, there were over 600 shootings in the city, resulting in over 200 deaths. Police are urging residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the authorities.
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