Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Nightclub Shooting

Fow 9 News reports a shooting at Maplewood's Myth nightclub during a Lil' Wayne concert; the 27 year old victim has non-life threatening injuries.

The attempted murder occurred despite the presence of approximately 100 extra policemen and security staff who were there to tame the unruly crowd.

KSTP Eyewitness News reports further detail: "Man shot in stomach outside night club".

Investigators in the East Metro are searching for a gunman in a shooting outside a popular nightclub early Tuesday morning.

A 27-year-old man was shot in the abdomen outside The Myth nightclub around 2 a.m. in Maplewood.

About 1,500 people were there for a 'Lil' Wayne' concert and several officers [Ed. - Fox 9 reported 100+ officers & security personnel, what gives?] were providing extra security outside the club when the shooting happened. The officers did not see the shooting happen and it doesn't appear that the shooting was caught by the surveillance cameras outside the club.
I'd never heard of Lil' Wayne and have no idea what he's about and why he would attract people who would shoot other people at a concert. A quick Google search gave me the answer: he's a rapper (Ok, I wasn't born yesterday - I suspected as much). He's a rapper who gave a concert which required a massive security force due to an expected and fulfilled breakout of violence.

Is this healthy for society? The 27 year old victim probably doesn't think so.

UPDATE: The Red Star weighs in on the story, giving yet another figure for police presence:

The shooting "was a bold move," Naylon said. "At least 40 officers were within 30 yards of the shooting and where the casings were found.

"The shooter was willing to get in a gunfight with police."
That last statement is consistent with the brazen nature of today's metro gangsters. They have little fear of authority or consequences.

More details clarify the general tenor of the crowd:

"There were a lot of gang signs being flashed; there seemed to be a lot of tension inside," said Mark Naylon, a Ramsey County Sheriff's Office spokesman who moonlights as Myth's security chief.
In other words, this was an accident waiting to happen. Why would a club knowingly book a "performer" who would attract thugs and gangsters to the show?

[Photo courtesy KSTP News]