A man was left dead after a Saturday night shooting at Buena Vista Road nightclub, according to Columbus police.
The victim has been identified by police as 47-year-old Bobby Ray Stewart.
Around 11:40 p.m. Saturday, Columbus police responded to the The Supper Club, formerly Club Andre’s, at 3386 Buena Vista Road where they found the wounded Stewart. He was taken to Midtown Medical Center. Muscogee County Deputy Coroner Charles Newton said Stewart had multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at 12:17 a.m.
Police said Sunday that there are no known suspects at this time.
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The motive for the shooting is not known.
Nobody else was reported injured in the incident.
The victim’s body will be sent for autopsy in Atlanta today, said Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan.
Ray Baker, the founder of UnderGround Soundz Entertainment, remembered his friend Sunday night.
“He was a talented rapper and was working on a song about stopping the violence,” Baker said. “He was an activist for nonviolence, just a very positive man.”
The club is located near the middle of a large shopping center, situated next to Hair Pro’s Beauty Salon.
Sunday morning after 10, Columbus police still had the club and a large part of the shopping center parking lot secure with crime scene tape.
Police officers were still working inside the club, and patrol officers controlled the scene.
The sign over The Supper Club’s entrance said, “For the grown and sexy.”
A big sign on the door said, “No Weapons Allowed” and threatens prosecution.
Five motorcycles, four of them on the sidewalk in front of the club, were inside the police tape.
An officer on the scene said, “They got trapped inside the crime scene.”
Deborah Hendricks lives in the neighborhood. She was shopping at the nearby Save A Lot grocery Sunday morning.
“There is just too much violence around here and it is getting worse,” she said.
She said that from her home she often hears gunshots.
“The police can’t be everywhere,” she said. “I don’t care how many you have.” Hendricks said she believes some people go to clubs looking for trouble rather than entertainment. “It’s just not safe anymore.”
Hendricks said the club had recently been renovated.
This marks the fourth homicide in three days after a woman, Rosella Mitchell, and her baby, Dylan Conner, were found Thursday morning “burned beyond recognition” in a house fire on Winifred Lane.
Bryan didn’t release the mother’s exact cause of death but confirmed it is being investigated as a homicide.Thursday night, 16-year-old Christopher Jones was shot to death in what has been described as a shootout near Winston Road and Head Street.
The teen’s 14-year-old and 15-year-old passengers in a vehicle police say was stolen the same day have been charged with murder.
Police said Friday they’re still searching for the shooter.
In addition to these four homicides, there have been three more in the last month, making August one of the deadliest months Columbus residents have experienced in years.
There have been 18 homicides this year. That’s one more than what was recorded in all of 2012.
Twenty-three people were murdered in 2013.