Police are looking for a man who fired shots inside an Atlanta strip club Thursday morning and injured a patron.
A dancer at Peaches of Atlanta on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard told police she was performing a dance on the victim when the shooter started arguing with him. The argument escalated into gunfire, according to a police report.
“The suspect pulled out a gun and fired what she believed to be six shots at the direction of (the victim),” an officer said in the report obtained by Channel 2 Action News. “After the shots were heard, the occupants in the establishment began to run for cover.”
The victim was found lying in a pool of blood outside the strip club when Atlanta police responded about 1:45 a.m. He was shot multiple times in the leg, according to the report.
The victim was losing consciousness and could not provide investigators with much information. The dancer pointed out one man in the parking lot and identified him as the shooter, police said.
He was later cleared after police performed a lineup at the scene with other witnesses. According to the report, the witnesses said the man entered the club with the shooter but did not fire any shots.
An investigator attempted to speak with him, but he was “heavily intoxicated and refused to cooperate with the investigation,” police said in the report.
The victim was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and was stable Thursday morning, according to police.
It was one of at least four shootings Atlanta police investigated within the first 12 hours Thursday. Shootings were also reported at a northwest Atlanta apartment complex, near Piedmont Park and at a busy intersection in southwest Atlanta.
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None of the shootings were fatal.
The incident at the strip club remains under investigation.
Tipsters can remain anonymous, and be eligible for rewards of up to $2,000, by contacting Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website.
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