1 person reportedly shot himself by accident outside of Springs’ Havana Bar and Grill

The owner of Havana Bar and Grill told 11 News that a man accidentally shot himself while trying to climb fence outside of the bar.
Published: Jan. 22, 2023 at 5:09 AM MST|Updated: Jan. 23, 2023 at 12:03 PM MST
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) -

UPDATE: The owner of Havana Bar and Grill told 11 News that a man accidentally shot himself while trying to climb a fence outside of the bar. According to the owner, the man only suffered minor injuries, but the bar had to be closed after police arrived.

In surveillance video shown to 11 News, customers could be seen fleeing after the initial shot, but quickly returned to dancing, with some even laughing about the situation and pointing toward where the incident had occurred.

The owner said that armed guards are stationed outside and inside the bar nightly and that all guests are checked for weapons before entry. He said he believes that the weapon was passed over the fence next to the outdoor area where the incident occurred.

The bar’s general manager, Richard Borges, said that people inside the building were unaware that anything had happened until police arrived.

“Slowly but surely, the news travels and then after -- after the police got here, everybody was still in the building, like, you know, with the music on and having a good time,” Borges said. “And then when the news traveled, I remember when the police got here, they asked us if we could shut down the music because they needed to like, you know, make a formal investigation.”

“We don’t know what his intentions were,” Borges added, “but the fact that he was trying to sneak in a gun, which is not good, you know, I guess karma got him instantly.”

Police confirmed with 11 News that the gunshot did appear self-inflicted and that the victim shot himself in his thigh.

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PREVIOUS: Colorado Springs police are investigating what led up to at least one person getting shot outside of a bar and grill in southern Colorado early Sunday morning.

Police told 11 News they first got the call of a shooting inside the Havana Bar and Grill around 1 a.m. As officers arrived, they found one person with gunshot wounds inside of the bar and grill.

Police confirmed with 11 News the man who was shot suffered serious injuries, but they are not life-threatening.

Police say half an hour later, another shooting victim was brought to the hospital. Police believe it was in the same area as the first shooting, but at this time, officers are not sure if the shooting victims are from the same scene. The second man also suffered serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.

At this time, there is no suspect information to provide. If you have any information, you are asked to call police at 719-444-7000.

11 News will update this article as we learn more.