From the Rocky Mountain News’ Jeff Legwold.
Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was killed in an early-morning shooting near the 1100 block of Speer Avenue in downtown Denver Monday.
The Fort Worth, Texas native, according to team officials, was shot in what police had informed the team was a drive-by shooting. Williams was in a Humvee limousine with several others when it was hit with several bullets fired from another vehicle shortly after 2 a.m. Monday morning.
Williams was one of three people in the limousine who were shot. All three, including Williams, were taken to hospitals.
Another man and a woman, whose identities have not yet been made public, were shot as well, but were being treated Monday morning.
It is unknown if the shooting was related to a New Year’s Eve party several Broncos players had attended earlier in the evening at a downtown club.
On a brief interview on ESPN Monday morning Broncos running back Tatum Bell said “there was some kind of altercation at the club” before the shooting and said that he had talked to Williams ” by phone ” at about 10 p.m. when the two were trying to decide where they were going to go for the remainder of the evening.
Bell also said in the interview that Williams “died instantly.” Bell was a teammate of Williams’ at Oklahoma State University.