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One arrested, two killed in Fayetteville nightclub shootings

Posted January 11, 2009

The Palomino Night Club, 2869 Owen Drive in Fayetteville, has come under scrutiny by city authorities for its history of violence.

— Two 31-year-old men died after unrelated shootings at two Fayetteville nightclubs early Sunday, police said.

Alejandro Gonzales Reves, of an unknown address, died in a shooting at the Palomino Night Club, 2869 Owen Drive, around 2 a.m Officers arrested a suspect, Carlos Javier Serrano, 24, of the 900 block of Juniper Drive, as he attempted to flee the scene, police said.

Serrano was charged with first-degree murder and placed in the Cumberland County Jail without bond.

Investigators said they recovered the gun used in the shooting at the scene.

Around 3 a.m., someone dropped a victim from a second shooting off at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, police said. Keith Glover, of an unknown address, was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Glover was shot in the parking lot of the City Limits nightclub, 6323 Raeford Road, police said. Homicide detectives went to the scene and continued to investigate late Sunday morning.

Anyone with information on Glover's death should call Crime Stoppers at 910-483-8477 or the Fayetteville Police Department Homicide Unit at 910-433-1856. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards for information leading to arrests in some felony cases, and callers never have to identify themselves.

In the summer of 2008, the city of Fayetteville sued to take possession of the Palomino Night Club. The lawsuit stated that the club created an atmosphere that encouraged drug dealing, assaults and shootings.

In January 2007, Aljandro Martinez, 19, of Fayetteville, was stabbed to death outside the club, which was then called The Palomino/South Beach Club. Police arrested Jacob Nolasco, 24, of Fayetteville, but believe that at least one more person was involved in the stabbing death.

On April 24, a shooting in the club's parking lot injured Kendrick Johnson, 19, of Fayetteville.


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  • CityLimits Jan 12, 2009

    I just want to add that the City Limits Niteclub in Fayetteville is not affiliated in any way with City Limits Saloon in Raleigh and Wilmington.

  • ncwebguy Jan 12, 2009

    A "where are they now" for a few troubled clubs in the Capitol City:

    - I forget the name, but there was a club on Western Blvd. between what is now Amedeo's and Pricilla's. It was once a coffee shop, but I don't know if it still is. Fights, loud music, etc. for years.

    - Plum Crazy, off Atlantic on the north side of the Brentwood Neighborhood. Shootings inside the club and in the parking lot once the metal detectors were installed. Currently is Compare Foods, though there has been some assault activity at a Latio club around the corner on Atlantic.

    - Black Tie, off New Bern just inside the Beltline. Never met a fire code violation it didn't like, run by an ex Durham police office who couldn't hire security so he started his own firm. Has been quiet lately, but still draws large crowds on the weekends.

  • LaVaism Jan 12, 2009

    The club owner does not care about his patrons, just about how much money they spend. I used to do a lot of work for them and it was quite sad. They will pack in 1000 people but only have 6 bouncers for each side.

    When this club started losing it's better crowd of people they turned to the local Hispanic crowd and that is when they started having more problems. This club is now known for the rough crowd that goes there. It is not a Gay club though, just a lousy owner who doesn't care about it's people. When I worked there the manager would carry a weapon in the club while people where there. This place needs to be shut down.

  • Justin T. Jan 12, 2009

    We've had a few clubs with this same rough reputation in Raleigh. Thank goodness they got shut down.

    I say a few noise violations or domestic disputes and leo should pull their ABC license. No need to wait for bullets to start flying.

  • Sunshine4u Jan 12, 2009

    Is the Palomino club a gay club?