Argument leads to gunfire outside club in downtown Norfolk

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on December 27, 2013 at 6:56 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 27 at 1:16 PM

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11:00 a.m. UPDATE: Police say the person taken into custody this morning was not connected to the shooting, so they are asking anyone with information to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Officer Chris Amos said there was an argument outside and shots were fired.  It wasn't clear whether the man who was hit was the intended target.  He remains hospitalized and should make a full recovery, Amos added. 

NORFOLK-A man was shot outside a nightclub in Norfolk and the search is on the gunman.

It happened around 1:00 a.m. Friday in the 200 block of E. Plume Street near the Palace on Plume.

According to its website, Thursday night's party was called "Fireworks Thursdays" and a poster advertising the event stated guests had to be at least 21-years old.

While the shots were fired right outside the club, police have not confirmed the shooting happened after a fight inside the club.

"All I can say is that public safety is the number one concern for downtown residents and visitors. Crime is at record lows in downtown but if people don't feel safe, they will avoid downtown. That's why there is such a strong police presence downtown. Hopefully, anyone involved in the shooting will be arrested quickly," said Kevin Murphy, the Downtown Civic League president.

The man, whose name and condition hasn't been released, was taken to the hospital for treatment.  

According to its website, Thursday night's party was called "Fireworks Thursdays" and a poster advertising the event stated guests had to be at least 21-years old.

The night club, which opened on New Year's Eve 2010, does have a controversial past.

On August, 4 people were stabbed during a fight inside Palace on Plume, police said.  A 21-year-old was arrested in that incident.

In August 2011, city leaders considered taking away the Palace on Plume's liquor license after an argument inside the club led to a deadly shooting on interstate 264. The bar ended up keeping its right to sell alcohol.

Chris Hill, who owns 3-Way Café, a sandwich shop right next to the Palace on Plume, said, "The Palace has off duty police at the doors every night. The problem is the type of crowd they attract. If someone gets shot, and it isn't the first time something like this has happened, there should be some red flags raised high, especially when you consider the other businesses affected. We have seen in the past, a ripple effect on all of downtown."

About six years ago, the city essentially shut down the Granby Theater nightclub after a fatal shooting inside. It was later allowed to reopen.

 

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