Shots fired outside Colorado Capitol on Thursday afternoon
Witnesses said a shooting occurred outside the Capitol
January 4, 2018
A gunman fired several shots outside the state Capitol on Thursday afternoon, prompting a brief lockdown and shutting down traffic as Denver police secured the scene. Police said no injuries were reported.
Police closed Colfax Avenue from Lincoln to Grant streets, and there were several officers and squad cars at the scene. Police spokesman Jay Casillas said authorities don't know yet if there was one or multiple shooters. No one is in custody.
"Should there be any threat to the public, we will make proper notification to residents," police said in a tweet.
Lobbyist Mike Beasley had just left the Capitol and was at the corner of East 16th Avenue and Sherman when the shooting started. A car, driven by a woman, was parked in the middle of the intersection at Sherman and Colfax and a man was shooting toward at least three young adults who were running southwest over the hill on the Capitol's lawn, he said.
"Initially I thought it was a car backfiring and I'm trying to have a phone conversation at the same time," Beasley said. "But after the third backfire, I looked over my shoulder and saw a gun out of a car with smoke coming out of it."
The car turned left and sped away, heading east down Colfax, he said.