Williams, along with several teammates, were partying at the Shelter club, which was hosting a special New Years Eve event featuring various players from the Broncos and Denver Nuggets. Shortly before 2:00 am an alteration broke out inside the bar and Williams and several others decided to leave. The shooting took place moments later.
Williams was traveling in a Hummer stretch limousine headed northbound on Speer Boulevard when a white SUV with dark tinted windows, believed to be a Suburban or a Tahoe, pulled up next to the limo and began spraying the limo with gunfire.
It's believed that teammate Javon Walker was among the passengers inside the limo.
Police Spokesman Sonny Jackson refused to say how many shots were fired, but confirmed that Williams, who was seated in the rear of the limo, was shot in the neck.
Two other passengers inside the limo were also injured and transported to St. Anthony's Central Hospital for care. Hospital officials have not released the names, but have confirmed that a male was treated and released around 12:00 and a female patient who was shot was expected to be released within the next few days.
The woman, a 21-year-old University of Colorado student, told her father that she and a friend had accepted a ride in the limousine to their car, which was parked about six blocks from the club. A few blocks past the club the woman says she thought someone had thrown a rock through the window, then someone inside the limo said it was gunfire and they all dove to the floor.
Authorities would not comment on whether the argument inside the club and the shooting were directly related, but in a press briefing Jackson said they 'don't believe the shooting was random'.
"We're not saying exactly why this happened. We're looking at all possibilities."
Broncos spokesman Jim Saccomano, who was informed of the incident around 3:00 am, notified head coach Mike Shanahan and others within the organization.
"Complete shock. We're speechless. It takes words away. A terrible tragedy," Saccomano said.
In a brief interview on ESPN, Tatum Bell said that Williams had died instantly, although police would not confirm this.
"I cannot express how heartsick I feel at this loss, Mike Shanahan said. "All of our players and coaches are completely shocked by this terrible tragedy, and my deepest condolences go out to the entire Williams family."
Police are urging anyone with any information to contact 720-913-2000.
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