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Downtown Cleveland shooting outside controversial nightclub

7:30 PM, Jun 3, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Cleveland police say an argument inside Club Allure on Public Square turned ugly and resulted in three people being gunned down outside the club.

Ironically, just two days earlier, the Investigator Tom Meyer learned a hearing was scheduled to revoke the club's liquor license but it had to be postponed due to a scheduling conflict.

"This isn't the first time we've had trouble with Club Allure," City Councilman Joe Cimperman said.

The downtown councilman said the city placed the nightspot on probation because of repeated responses to the club for fighting and other rowdy activity.

Calls to the club were not returned.

Cimperman says the overnight shooting was by far the most serious incident to date.

Mark Giuliano heads the Downtown Cleveland Residents Association. He says he's well aware of Club Allure.

"I'm concerned when there are conflicts in the club that people are just sent out into the streets to resolve it there," he said.

A bullet hole in the window of John Q's Steakhouse is evidence of a shooting that police say involved six gunshots and serious injuries to two of the three victims.

The restaurant is just a block from Club Allure.

Of the three victims, one man, 22, suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. He has already been released from the hospital.

The other victims were a 30-year-old man shot twice in the midsection and once each in the thigh and elbow, and a 21-year-old man shot once in the chest.

Both remain hospitalized in serious condition after undergoing surgery. 

Police say two suspects, a man and a woman, both 25, are in custody on charges of felony assault.

It's not clear if the injured victims were the intended targets or innocent bystanders.


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