4 Wounded After Man Opens Fire Outside Tulsa Nightclub, Police Say
TULSA, Oklahoma - Four people are recovering tonight from gunshot and shrapnel wounds after an early morning shooting. TPD says they handled a number of shots fired calls last night but this one was the most volatile.
Police say a man fired into a crowd, during a fight outside a bar. It happened in a corner shopping center at 31st and Mingo.
The front windows of Club Calle Ocho show signs of the gunfire. Officers say just after 2 a.m. on Saturday morning as the club was closing down a fight broke out in the parking lot.
During the fight police say a young man pulled a handgun and fired 7 or 8 shots in the crowd. Two people outside were hit and two inside the club with shrapnel. All of the victim’s injuries are considered not life-threatening, but other people in the crowd were hurt as well.
"You have people who are scared, with shots being fired and people being hit and of course people are going to try and get away from that they're going to hide and run," said TPD Cpl. Greg Smith.
The police say they've responded before to problems in and outside the club. Other tenants in the shopping center say they're afraid they'll be caught up in the problems created by patrons of the club.
In this case, police say one man fired shots into the crowd another fired shots trying to stop the fight.
"They decided they would break the fight up by getting a pistol and firing a couple of rounds into the air to disperse people and to discourage them from fighting. While the intent was good it's not a good idea," said Cpl. Smith.
Tulsa Police have a good video of the shooting and the suspects. Now the case goes to detectives who have more than 20 witness statements to go through to figure out who fired those shots.
Officers say the victims were taken by EMSA with what were described as non-life threatening wounds.