Weekend shooting leaves two injured at LoDo NATIV nightclub

Early Sunday, May 8, a shooting took place inside NATIV Hotel and Lounge at 1612 Wazee Street. Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries, according to Kurt Barnes, spokesman for the Denver Police Department.

Following a report of the shooting, Denver police were dispatched to NATIV, a hotel with an on-site club, at 1:50 a.m. on May 8. The police made no arrests; according to Barnes, Denver police are “looking to identify two black suspects, the first described as approximately 6’4″ tall with dreadlocks and the second described as 5’8″ tall with short, wavy hair.”

The NATIV nightclub shooting continues the trend of nighttime shootings at or near LoDo locations, many of which take place around the time bars and clubs close for the night.

Club shootings can sometimes result in disciplinary action by the Denver Department of Excise and Licensing. None have been taken regarding NATIV at this time. “Typically, in a situation where there has been violence as a result of a license violation, Denver police will bring it to our attention after they complete a criminal investigation,” said Eric Escudero, spokesman for the Department of Excise and Licensing.

NATIV owner Amin Suliaman did not respond to a request for an interview.

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Mayor Michael Hancock came to the grand reopening of NATIV in 2018.

Jake Cox

The hotel has seen several ownership changes since the Victorian building was turned into a hotel decades ago. In the late ’90s, former FBI agent Tom Broemmel and his wife renovated the turn-of-the-century warehouse into a bed-and-breakfast with themed rooms, including one dedicated to the Broncos. In 2000, a man posing as Ali Patrik Pahlavi, the nephew of the Shah of Iran, moved into the hotel and joined the project, as reported in “The Shah Was a Sham”, our 8 February 2001. . By the time Pahlavi was unmasked, Broemmel had lost hundreds of thousands of dollars and Pahlavi ended up in jail for a 42 month sentence. The hotel was sold to investor Jon Hamilton and reopened in 2003 as Luna, then transformed into a Jet Hotel in 2006. This iteration closed in early 2013.

Under new owners, it reopened as NATIV in 2015, which initially billed itself as the city’s first weed-friendly hotel. It dropped that designation when it closed, then reopened with a remodel in 2018. Today, it announces itself with this“Seamlessly in the center of Denver’s Lower Downtown neighborhood, Nativ offers the perfect boutique hotel experience as well as a nightlife haven.”

The Denver Police Department is asking anyone with information about the shooting to call Crime Stoppers at 720-912-7867.

Jerry C. Greiner