Fewer than two weeks have passed since the third anniversary of the Mile High Murder archive -- and since that time, there have been at least seven homicides in the metro area, including four over the Friday-Monday Memorial Day weekend. The latest involves gunfire outside the duRozz Restaurant & Lounge in Aurora that left one person dead and another wounded.
The Voice Places listing for duRozz includes this positive assessment of the venue:
Nestled in a strip mall in the heart of Aurora, Du Rozz was opened with single mission in mind: to offer fine dining, top-notch jazz and R&B and a comfortable environment for watching sports, all in one place. Owners John Durrah and Boyde Patrick have done their best to realize their original vision, combining a full bar, a sizable stage and a separate dining room in a single space. The menu ranges from $4 appetizers to $50 entrees, with a variety that includes Indian staples like chicken tikka masala and New Orleans-inspired dishes like catfish po' boy sandwiches. They've also made good on their commitment to class: After 9 p.m., the restaurant takes on a nightclub vibe, with a strict dress code and bouncers at the door.
Such upper-crust efforts didn't prevent problems from breaking out around 1:40 a.m. on Monday in the parking lot adjacent to the nightspot. According to the Aurora Police Department, a venue employee phoned the cops to ask for help with a crowd that was becoming unruly -- and before officers arrived, a second call came in reporting that shots had been fired.
Upon their arrival, APD reps discovered one man with a gunshot wound that proved fatal; he was pronounced dead at an area hospital. A second person who'd been shot made his way to the same facility in a private car. He'll recover.
At this point, Aurora police aren't releasing the names of victims, and no suspects have been identified. Meanwhile, the department's homicide crew is receiving assistance from the gang-intervention unit -- a factoid that speaks volumes.
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