Armed nightclub employee shoots, kills man who pulled a gun in downtown Salt Lake City club

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – An employee at a downtown Salt Lake City nightclub fatally shot a man who brought a gun into the club early Saturday morning, according to Salt Lake City Police.

In an update Saturday afternoon, Salt Lake City Police identified the 27-year-old who died on the scene of the shooting as Gustav Denecamp.

Salt Lake City Police had Club Echo at 134 West Pierpont Avenue roped off into the daylight hours Saturday as detectives collected evidence in the deadly shooting.

Lt. Brett Olsen with Salt Lake City Police Department said Denecamp was at the club earlier that evening. Then he left the club and reportedly returned around 1:00 a.m., this time entering through a back of side door.

Once inside the club, it appears Denecamp pulled out his gun and fired multiple rounds.

Salt Lake City Police responded to the call of multiple shots fired and people were running out of the club and screams could be heard over scanners as officers approached the nightclub.

An armed employee at the nightclub shot Denecamp during the incident, according to Lt. Olsen of the Salt Lake City Police Department.

Severely wounded, Denecamp apparently managed to stumble out of the nightclub before collapsing outside.

Lt. Olsen said police officers on the scene attempted life-saving measures when they arrived, but the man succumbed to his injuries on scene.

Police said there were no outstanding suspects in this case and there have not been reports of any other injuries.

Investigators are looking into a motive as to why the 27-year-old left the club then later decided to return with a firearm. They are also looking into other reports from patrons leaving the nightclub and more shots fired shortly after the initial shooting.

This is a developing story. Check back here for more updates.


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