Crime

Five wounded during Foxy Lady shooting; mayor responds

Update: Reports show that 20-year-old Phenix City man was transported to the medical center with gunshot wounds to the head, face, torso, legs and foot. He is in stable condition, police said in a report made Tuesday at 1:30 a.m.

A 21-year-old Phenix City woman was treated for a gunshot wound to the left leg and released, a report stated.

Police also say a 21-year-old Phenix City woman was released following medical treatment for a gunshot wound to the right shoulder, a report stated.

Original story: Five people were injured during an early Tuesday morning shooting at the Foxy Lady on Victory Drive, Columbus police said.

All five were treated at the Midtown Medical Center for non-life threatening gunshot wounds, and two were released hours later, said Lt. John McMichael with the Columbus Police Department. '

One of the victims is a 27-year-old male who admitted to the Midtown Medical Center with gunshot wounds to the right arm and right side of his torso, a report made today at 1:30 a.m. states.

He's in fair and stable condition, the report shows.

"Multiple suspects armed showed up and started firing at the people in the parking lot," McMichael said. "I don't know if they had a specific target, or what the purpose was on the assault of the people in the parking lot. We're still investigating that."

The suspects reportedly came from behind the nightclub at 3023 Victory Drive and shot the victims in the parking lot outside of the Foxy Lady, Columbus Police Maj. Gil Slouchick said.

McMichael said that while police were responding after 1:30 a.m. to the call of shots fired, another shooting happened at the Gold Lounge between 2:30 and 2:44 a.m., reports stated.

Shots were fired at an occupied silver 2010 Honda Elentra carrying at least two 20-year-old women who were leaving the Gold Lounge. The vehicle was damaged, but no one in the vehicle was injured, McMichael said.

"I don't know if that's related or not," McMichael said.

Police said its not clear how many shooters are involved, but victims have provided a description of who they believe to be offenders.

One report indicates that one suspect was a black male in his 20s who is between 5 feet 11 and 6 feet tall with an average build, short dreadlocks and possibly a mustache. Another suspect was mention, but there was no specific description given for the alleged offender, police said.

A little before 9 a.m. police were removing the crime scene tape from the scene at Foxy Lady.

Police urge anyone with information to please call (706) 653-3400 to report it.

The stretch of night clubs are about 2.5 miles apart and have been the site of multiple deadly shootings over the last few years. Just Saturday, an agent with the Special Operations Unit seized an ounce of marijuana and a small amount of crack cocaine at Luxx Gentleman's Club, according to reports.

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, who is also the public safety director, said Tuesday morning authorities will decide if the club should be declared a "criminal haven."

"I will be reviewing (Foxy Lady's) files to determine whether we can begin the process of having the entities declared Crime Havens," she said. "It's a high standard that shows an establishment is a business enterprise that profits from illegal activity and crime. We welcome all businesses to prosper. We will allow no business to profit from a dangerous of criminal environment."

At Carousel Lounge, which is two doors down from Foxy Lady, a Phenix City soldier was shot last June. That came two months after 21-year-old Marcus King was fatally shot outside the nightclub.

It's been nearly two years since Shannon Calvin "Scooter" Fields Jr. was gunned down inside Foxy Lady. Police said a gunman came in and fired multiple shots, killing Fields and wounding a 25-year-old. There have been no arrests connected to Fields' homicide.

This isn't the first time the city has investigated the establishments.

Investigations into suspected criminal havens — such as the now shut-down Club Majestic and The Hole — must reveal a substantial number of drug, violence and prostitution cases before city officials issue a formal complaint against ownership. Government officials also look for alcohol beverage control and business license violations while building a case against offending businesses.

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