Two men, Shon McPherson, 32, and Todd Washington, 40, have been charged with murder and attempted murder in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood. The Denver District Attorney’s Office made the announcement on Tuesday. The charges stem from an incident outside Hell’s Lovers Motorcycle Club at 5514 E 33rd Ave, where McPherson and Washington allegedly opened fire, resulting in the deaths of Joshua Batts, 39, and Michael David, 43. Three other individuals were injured in the shooting.
According to the District Attorney’s office, McPherson and Washington were also shot during the incident. Witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots at around 3 a.m. and observed people fleeing the scene. The motive for the shooting appears to be related to an altercation involving Washington’s daughter, who was reportedly kicked out of the club after a security guard allegedly mistreated her.
An arrest affidavit revealed that Washington and McPherson arrived at the club shortly after the incident involving Washington’s daughter. Two unidentified individuals positioned vehicles to facilitate a quick escape from the parking lot. The affidavit states that McPherson and Washington confronted the security guards and began shooting as they ran towards the cars.
Court records indicate that McPherson and Washington are facing four counts of first-degree murder and six counts of first-degree attempted murder. Both individuals have bonds set at $3 million. Washington is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, while McPherson’s court appearance is set for December 4th.