LUMBERTON — Lumberton police are asking anyone who was at a local club where a shooting killed one Bladen County man and injured another early Saturday morning to share what they saw.
“By the time officers got there there were probably about 10 people left on the scene,” said Erich Hackney, an investigator with the District Attorney’s Office.
Hackney said most of Club Kalipzo’s 80 to 100 occupants and all but two of its security officers left the Lackey Street nightclub when gunfire erupted just after 2 a.m.
A fight broke out outside just feet from the club’s entrance and shots were fired, killing 29-year-old Samuel Lewis and injuring 25-year-old Dexter Brooks Jr.
“That’s really all we know,” Lumberton police Capt. Terry Parker said.
Lewis, of McAdams Drive, Elizabethtown, was shot in the torso and pronounced dead at Southeastern Regional Medical Center. He was married and the father of two.
Brooks, who lives on Lawrence Brown Road in Bladenboro, was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his lower body. Parker said Brooks’ injuries do not seem life-threatening.
“There’s no doubt the people inside that club know the individual who was responsible for this,” Hackney said. “… We have an individual that is deceased and somebody should have the common decency to come forward to put this case to rest and help the family of the deceased that did not deserve to die — and I hope that will happen.”
Anyone with information should call police Detective Dereck Evans at 910-671-3845.
Hackney said the club has been “the biggest thorn in [his] side” since he joined Lumberton City Council in 2001.
“Ninety-nine percent of these people that come to this club are not from Lumberton. They come in here, they wreak havoc, deplete our police resources, and then they flee leaving us with a mess,” he said.
The club, then called Club N’ Motion, was shut down in September 2007 after being declared a public nuisance and soon after reopened its doors. The city of Lumberton filed a complaint against the club after one of its owners, three bouncers and a patron assaulted a man who stole a tip jar. Club Kalipzo opened about three years ago.
A Laurinburg man was grazed by a bullet in December when shots rang out at the club twice in a span of about 20 minutes. No one was injured in that incident, but a Lumberton teen whom police said was not responsible for the shootings was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.
Hackney said the city may look into filing nuisance abatement action again.
“That’s certainly something we would look at and have in the past as well from prior owners. It’s a shame that you have to spend taxpayer money for nuisance abatement issues where people create violence and deplete police resources when it could be used for other important things,” he said.