Shotgun Willie’s stabbing leaves 1 dead, 3 injured; suspect, a frequent customer, was shot and killed

One person was killed and three others were injured after a 40-year-old Arvada man entered Shotgun Willie’s Show Club Friday night with a large knife and proceeded to stab people until he was shot to death by a security guard, Glendale police said.

The four victims include two staff members, one patron and one security guard, police said. A 40-year-old man, who was not identified, was killed in the incident. Two other men, ages 45 and 24, are in stable condition, and a third individual, a 44-year-old man, is in critical condition, police said in the release.

Officers responded to the strip club, 490 S. Colorado Blvd., around 9:49 p.m. to reports of a stabbing, police said in a news release.

When they arrived, they found it to be an “active killer event” with multiple stabbing victims and one suspect who had been shot, police said.

The suspect, Kyle Swain, was a frequent customer of Shotgun Willie’s “who had recently been been advised that he was no longer welcome at the establishment due to erratic behavior,” police said.

On Friday night, Swain drove up to the front door, exited his car with a large knife and entered the bar, authorities said. Staff members attempted to intervene as Swain began stabbing people, before the security guard shot him, according to police. Swain was pronounced dead at the scene, while the victims were transported to the hospital.

Mike Gross, a Glendale police captain, could not say whether Swain targeted specific individuals. While Swain was told not to come into the club anymore, there was no restraining order involved, he said.

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