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Man arrested after security guard fired outside Austin nightclub

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A security guard is recovering and a man is in the Travis County jail after a shooting at a northeast Austin club early Saturday morning.

Austin police say Denzel Hardman, 28, shot and injured a security guard at Club Lobos on the northbound service road of Interstate 35. It’s just northeast of East Rundberg Lane.

According to the arrest affidavit, Hardman was at an album release party at the club. The affidavit says the club hired the guard to provide security.

Officers attended the club around 1:38 a.m. after learning that someone had been shot in the parking lot.

The guard told police that Hardman appeared drunk and refused to leave. The affidavit says Hardman got into a fight with another security guard. Hardman then grabbed a gun from a backpack.

The security guard who was shot said he tackled Hardman to stop him from shooting into the crowd. Police said Hardman then shot the guard in the left thigh.

According to a family member, Hardman shot the security guard when the guard charged at Hardman.

Hardman faces a second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Hardman was taken to Travis County Jail on $60,000 bail Saturday morning.

This is the second shoot to occur at Club Lobos in May 2022.