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Deadly Easter shooting occurred at unlicensed club that featured ‘exotic dancers’

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The Andrews Road nightclub where a Columbus man was killed and two others wounded in an early Easter morning shooting was operating without a city business or alcohol license, city officials confirmed.

Alec Spencer, 24, was shot to death Easter morning at 480 Andrews Road. The call came to police at 3:56 a.m. and Spencer was pronounced dead 50 minutes later at Piedmont Medical Center by the Muscogee County Coroner’s Office.

Daniel Pitts was listed in unsatisfactory condition Tuesday morning at Piedmont Medical Center, a spokeswoman said. Darrell Boggans was taken by private vehicle to Piedmont for treatment.

An investigation revealed that an argument inside of the nightclub resulted in shots being fired. The situation escalated out into the parking lot and street where more shots were fired, police said.

Licensed clubs serving alcohol operating in Columbus are required by city law to close by 3 a.m. It was not clear if alcohol was being served inside the club.

“All I can confirm is it had the appearance of being operated as some type of club,” said Columbus police Maj. J.D. Hawk. “That’s all we can say.”

The after-hours gathering spot was known as “Night Life” on multiple Facebook posts, including one on Spencer’s Facebook page a week before the shooting. There are multiple videos on his page that show partially clad women dancing on a stage in what appears to be inside the club. One of the hashtags used to spread information about the club was “#exoticdancers.”



It’s unclear how many people witnessed the triple shooting outside the club at 480 Andrews Road, which is in between Cusseta and Buena Vista roads in south Columbus. Police said on Monday they were having a difficult time getting witnesses to talk. They asked for anyone who saw the shooting or had video to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Anthony Locey at 706-225-4291 or email him at anthonylocey@columbusga.org.

“We are still trying to piece it together,” Locey said late Monday.

The building once served as the clubhouse for the Outcast Georgia Motorcycle Club. They vacated it several years ago for a location in Alabama. The property at 480 Andrews Road is owned by Diverse Mechanical Inc., a metal fabrication shop that operates on the adjacent property at 466 Andrews Road, city tax records show.

Owners of Diverse Mechanical declined to comment Monday afternoon.

The more than 3,000-square-foot facility has not had a business license since 2004, City Finance Director Yvonne Ivey said on Monday. The club was not licensed by the city in any way, Ivey said.

Chuck Williams: 706-571-8510, @chuckwilliams

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