Police probe shootings at club
Sarah Willets Staff writer
LUMBERTON — Lumberton police are investigating two shootings at a nightclub last week that caused nearly $11,000 in damage. A Laurinburg man who was driving past Club Kalipzo was grazed by a bullet during one of the shootings but not seriously injured.
A teenage patron whom some customers identified as a shooter was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon, but police say he was not responsible for the shootings that caused the damages or grazed the passerby.
Just after 1 a.m. Thursday, police officers at Club Kalipzo on Lackey Street reported hearing approximately 15 shots fired, according to a police report. While in the parking lot, Officer Ryan Fuqua was approached by Brolyn Henry, who said his car had been struck by bullets while he was driving to America Best Value Inn, located a few hundred yards north of the club.
Henry told Fuqua his Ford Mustang had been hit four times, and one bullet pierced the passenger’s side door and bounced off 23-year-old Justin Ellison. The bullet did not penetrate Ellison’s skin because it had lost so much momentum going through the door panel, according to Capt. Terry Parker.
Officers at the club searched three people patrons thought had fired those shots, but did not find any contraband or weapons on them or in their car, according to the report. No other leads in that incident have turned up.
Damage was reported at about $2,000.
About 20 minutes later, Fuqua reported hearing another three to four shots fired in the parking lot. Two security guards at the club reported that the shots caused $8,700 in damage to a flat-screen television, a glass door, the club’s front desk area and a metal detector.
According to Fuqua’s report, three patrons described the suspected shooter as a slim black or American Indian male wearing a black hoodie.
Fuqua spotted 16-year-old Joshua D. Douglas, of Lovette Road, Lumberton, who matched the description. When Fuqua identified himself to Douglas, Douglas tried to run away, ditching a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun, according to the report.
Douglas, who did not carry any identification, was arrested on one charge of carrying a concealed weapon and three counts of resisting an officer. He was also served with outstanding warrants for safe-cracking, obtaining property by false pretenses and conspiracy from an earlier incident at Walmart in Lumberton.
According to an arrest report, the Lumberton Senior High School student had been drinking. He was placed in the county jail under a $7,500 bond.
According Parker, the bullets in Douglas’ gun did not match that of the bullets that hit Henry’s car or the items damaged inside the club.
Currently, Club Kalipzo faces no penalties for allowing Douglas into the club, but according to Kelton Brown, assistant special agent in charge of North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement’s Fayetteville district office, similar incidents have resulted in a club’s permit being revoked.
“We let the Police Department do their part of the investigation and we review their report …,” Brown said. Brown said Alcohol Law Enforcement will have to determine whether Douglas was served at the bar.
Parker said there is no evidence that the two shootings are related. Anyone with information should call Detective Jerry Kinlaw at 910-671-3845.
Staff writer Jaymie Baxley contributed to this report.
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