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Nightclub Shooting Gang-Involved, Police Say; 911 Call Released

Posted October 3, 2007 10:38 a.m. EDT
Updated October 5, 2007 8:50 a.m. EDT

— A shooting at a Chapel Hill nightclub that ended with six people injured early Monday was gang-involved, police said Wednesday.

Chapel Hill police met with Durham investigators about the matter on Tuesday, because most of the victims are from Durham. Lt. Kevin Gunter, of the Chapel Hill Police Department, said the shooting involved Durham gangs.

Authorities said an argument got out of control at about 1 a.m. Monday at Visions Nite Club on Rosemary Street. The dispute led to one person firing six rounds of ammunition, injuring two security workers and four bar patrons, police said.

In the low lighting and the confusion, the shooter managed to leave the club shortly thereafter, police said. Screaming could also be heard in a 911 call made from the club that was released Wednesday.

Meanwhile Wednesday, Chapel Hill Police Chief Brian Curran said the nightclub's owners have decided not to open for the weekend.

Gunter said the owners are cooperating and are looking at "going in a different direction" in an effort to change clientele, and Curran said the nightclub had a good security plan in place at the time of the shooting.

Since January, police have been called to the members-only club 30 times for complaints ranging from assault to trespassing to drunken and disruptive conduct.

Last year, the club opened in place of another one that had its liquor license removed after a number of shootings outside.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.

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