The owner of the Nativ Hotel in LoDo, who is facing a possible foreclosure sale after declaring bankruptcy, is being sued by victims of a shooting at his basement nightclub last month.
Deonte Hill and Marcus Russell sued Amin Suliaman and two of his companies on June 22 in Denver District Court. They also pursued the two men who allegedly shot them, but they are only listed as John Doe 1 and John Doe 2. One man was charged with the shooting.
The attack happened after 1:30 a.m. on May 8. Hill and Russell say they were celebrating Russell’s birthday that night when they argued with the two strangers. These unidentified men then pulled out handguns and began shooting, according to the lawsuit.
Joe Quann Kyree Alexander, 27, was arrested later that month for his alleged role. Court records show he was charged June 7 with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, three counts of assault and one count each of attempted assault and unlawfully discharging a firearm. fire.
According to the warrant for Alexander’s arrest, two off-duty Denver Police Department officers were standing outside the hotel at the time of the shooting, which was around closing time, after the lights have been turned on and the club music has turned off. Officers heard six to eight shots.
One victim, who is not named in the arrest warrant, claimed she was leaving the club when a man said something to her. The victim asked the man what he said and the man then shot him.
Another victim, also unnamed, was found in the basement with a blue cloth tied around his leg as a tourniquet. He told police he worked at Hotel Nativ and was closing the club for the night when an argument broke out between two groups. As he tried to defuse the situation, he heard gunshots and felt a bullet hit his leg, according to the warrant.
In their trial, Hill says he was shot in the leg, fracturing his femur, and Russell claims he was shot but not hit. Russell says he nonetheless suffered “extreme emotional distress”.
Suliaman did not respond to phone calls and emails seeking comment on the lawsuit.
Hill and Russell say the club was not supposed to be open while Hotel Nativ was in bankruptcy proceedings. Suliaman told BusinessDen in mid-May that the hotel had been closed since the pandemic began, but he allowed a promotions company to hold events at the club and that company was in charge on the night of filming. No promotion company is prosecuted.
Instead, the lawsuit claims Nativ hired inexperienced security guards who did not search customers or notice “the two large handguns” used in the shooting.
Hill and Russell say there was also a backdoor in the club that allowed guests to bypass security guards and their pat-downs that night. In the end, Nativ “had little to no security presence inside the nightclub to break up the altercation or stop the shooting,” they claim.
The plaintiffs seek an undisclosed sum of money for medical expenses, economic loss, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. They are represented by Denver attorneys Brian Caplan and Bob Nitido of the law firm Legal Help In Colorado.
Suliaman’s company, KDA Properties, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in September. Between June 6 and June 8, an auction for the Nativ took place, which Suliaman hoped would allow him to pay his creditors. But the best bid of $6.5 million was well below the auction’s low of $7.9 million.
As a result, Pangea Mortgage Capital, to whom KDA Properties owes more than $8 million, was granted permission by a federal bankruptcy judge on June 13 to proceed with a foreclosure sale of the property or “any other remedy lawful and fair to collect all monies owed.
Pangea did not respond to requests for comment on its plans for the Nativ Hotel.