duRozz Lounge homicide: One dead, one wounded after shots fired in parking lot (7)
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.
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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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More from our Mile High Murder archive: "Justin O'Donnell, Deon Rudd killings: Marquise Davis and Denzel Richardson busted (3, 4)."
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