A gang of four operating in pairs may have set up the robbery of two Columbus men, one of whom was shot outside a Victory Drive strip club early today.
The wounded man, 26, was treated at the hospital and is expected to recover.
Around 12:30 a.m., the two friends were outside the Carousel Lounge, 3003 Victory Drive, where two other men began talking to them as they walked toward the business, said police Lt. Lynn Joiner.
After their conversation, the friends continued toward the club. That's when a second pair of strangers with guns approached them and demanded their belongings.
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After being robbed, the two victims began to walk away. Then at least one of the gunmen began firing, hitting the 26-year-old in the back of his left thigh.
The gunmen fled in a gray four-door Honda, which had at least two other men inside, possibly the same two who earlier had struck up a conversation with the two friends, the victims told police.
The uninjured friend, 23, brought the victim to the hospital.
The gunmen were described as black, in their early 20s and standing about 5 feet 8 inches tall. One wore green camouflage and the other wore gray and black camouflage, police said.