One dead in shooting outside Denver motorcycle expo; event canceled

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Witnesses Describe Scene At Motorcycle Expo Shooting

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.


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DENVER, CO - January 30: Folks gather outside of the National Western Stock Show Complex January 30, 2016. Denver Police reported a shooting and stabbing at the complex during the Colorado Motorcycle Expo leaving one dead and several wounded. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - January 30: Denver Police and paramedics at the National Western Stock Show Complex January 30, 2016. DPD reported a shooting and stabbing at the complex during the Colorado Motorcycle Expo leaving one dead and several wounded. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - January 30: A Denver Police officer puts of crime scene tape at 46th And Humbolt St. near the National Western Stock Show Complex January 30, 2016. DPD reported a shooting and stabbing at the complex during the Colorado Motorcycle Expo leaving one dead and several wounded. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - January 30: Denver Police escort a man in handcuffs away from the National Western Stock Show complex and into an ambulance January 30, 2016. DPD reported a shooting and stabbing at the complex during the Colorado Motorcycle Expo leaving one dead and several wounded. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - January 30: Denver Police escort a man in handcuffs away from the National Western Stock Show complex and into an ambulance January 30, 2016. DPD reported a shooting and stabbing at the complex during the Colorado Motorcycle Expo leaving one dead and several wounded. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - January 30: Denver Police escort several men to an awaiting RTD bus at the National Western Stock Show Complex January 30, 2016. DPD reported a shooting and stabbing at the complex during the Colorado Motorcycle Expo leaving one dead and several wounded. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - January 30: Several men were escorted to an awaiting RTD bus at the National Western Stock Show Complex January 30, 2016. Denver Police reported a shooting and stabbing at the complex during the Colorado Motorcycle Expo leaving one dead and several wounded. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - January 30: Motorcycle riders leave the National Western Stock Show Complex January 30, 2016. Denver Police reported a shooting and stabbing at the complex during the Colorado Motorcycle Expo leaving one dead and several wounded. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - January 30: A Denver Police officer directs motorcycle traffic away from the National Western Stock Show Complex January 30, 2016. Denver Police reported a shooting and stabbing at the complex during the Colorado Motorcycle Expo leaving one dead and several wounded. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - January 30: Folks gather outside of police tape near the National Western Stock Show Complex January 30, 2016. Denver Police reported a shooting and stabbing at the complex during the Colorado Motorcycle Expo leaving one dead and several wounded. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - January 30: A motorcycle rider leaves a parking lot at the National Western Stock Show Complex January 30, 2016. Denver Police reported a shooting and stabbing at the complex during the Colorado Motorcycle Expo leaving one dead and several wounded. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - January 30: A motorcycle rider leaves a parking lot at the National Western Stock Show Complex January 30, 2016. Denver Police reported a shooting and stabbing at the complex during the Colorado Motorcycle Expo leaving one dead and several wounded. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - January 30: A motorcycle club member talks on his cell phone in a parking lot across from the National Western Stock Show Complex January 30, 2016. Denver Police reported a shooting and stabbing at the complex during the Colorado Motorcycle Expo leaving one dead and several wounded. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - January 30: Folks leave the front entrance to the National Western Stock Show Complex January 30, 2016. Denver Police reported a shooting and stabbing at the complex during the Colorado Motorcycle Expo leaving one dead and several wounded. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - January 30: Denver Police escort a man into an ambulance after taking off his handcuffs at the National Western Stock Show complex January 30, 2016. DPD reported a shooting and stabbing at the complex during the Colorado Motorcycle Expo with one dead and several wounded. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 30: Multiple shootings and a stabbing have been reported at the Denver Coliseum. Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said at least two people were shot and one was stabbed shortly after 1 p.m. The Colorado Motorcycle Expo is being held this weekend at the Coliseum on the National Western Stockshow complex. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - January 30: Paramedics transport a man to an awaiting ambulance at the National Western Stock Show complex January 30, 2016. Denver Police reported a shooting and stabbing at the complex during the Colorado Motorcycle Expo with one dead and several wounded. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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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. Nine bikers were killed, 18 injured, and scores were arrested in that incident.

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.

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