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Multiple shootings, stabbing at Denver motorbike expo

New York: A motorcycle show in northwest Denver turned violent on Saturday, with gunshots and a stabbing that left one person dead and several others wounded in the latest case of gun deaths in the US.

Raquel Lopez, a spokeswoman for the Denver Police Department, said a "disturbance" broke out during the Colorado Motorcycle Expo, which was being held this weekend National Western Complex, near the Denver Coliseum. Shots were fired and at least one person was stabbed, she said at a news conference on Saturday afternoon.

Denver police respond to multiple shootings

Police in Denver were responding on Saturday to multiple shootings and a stabbing at the Denver Coliseum, the police department said on its Twitter feed.

There were reports that the violence might have involved rival motorcycle gangs, but the police said that they had not made any arrests. At least one person was being questioned, MS Lopez said.

People ride motorcycles at the National Western Complex, in Denver on Saturday.
People ride motorcycles at the National Western Complex, in Denver on Saturday.  Photo: Denver Post/AP

"This is an active, ongoing investigation," she said.

Officials at Denver Health Medical Centre said the hospital had received seven patients. One victim died, three were in critical condition and three others were in stable condition, they said.

Earlier, Denver Health officials said on Twitter that paramedics had taken nine people to area hospitals. The Denver Health campus was placed on temporary lockdown as a precaution, and police officers were patrolling the emergency department into the evening.

It was unclear how the person who was killed had been wounded. 

Authorities respond to the scene of a deadly shooting and stabbing at the National Western Complex, in Denver on Saturday.
Authorities respond to the scene of a deadly shooting and stabbing at the National Western Complex, in Denver on Saturday. Photo: 9NEWS/KUSA/AP

The expo, which organisers billed as one of the largest motorcycle events in the country, features a bike swap, on-site tattooing and piercing, and a wet T-shirt contest. Events continued on Saturday amid an increased police presence.

The Denver Post reported that gunfire broke out about 1pm (local time) on Saturday and at least one person had been killed and numerous others wounded. 

The venue was hosting Colorado's annual motorcycle expo and one witness told the Denver Post the fight violence was between rival bikie gangs.

Fairfax Media, New York Times