Police release surveillance photos of suspects in shooting at club

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Phoenix police have released surveillance photos of two men suspected of opening fire inside of a club on Jan. 20.

One person was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries after two suspects allegedly entered the club and began shooting, Phoenix Police Detective James Holmes said in a press release today.

According to Holmes, witnesses reported that two men entered Dick's Cabaret at 2438 E. McDowell Road and began speaking with an employee behind the counter about an application for Amateur Dancing Night at the club. While the employee told one of the men that Dick's Cabaret was a gay club and that he would not be dancing for women, the other man allegedly looked into the club through a curtain and spoke briefly with the club's DJ.

Holmes said the DJ and one of the club's dancers then followed the two men to a parking lot after they left the club, where the four men allegedly became engaged in a verbal conflict and then a shoving match. The two groups then separated and the DJ and the dancer returned to the club.

Shortly afterward, police say witnesses saw a vehicle drive in front of the club and two suspects with handguns got out. The suspects entered the cabaret and allegedly began shooting in the direction of the dancer and the DJ. One of the bullets fired hit the victim, who was brought to a local hospital.

The Phoenix Police Department is asking anyone with information that may be helpful to the investigation to contact them at (602)262-6151, or to call Silent Witness at (480) W-I-T-N-E-S-S.

Holmes added that an award will be offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspects, and that any caller may remain anonymous.