CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Shots were fired, resulting in three men down, at an adult nightclub in North Charlotte. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police (CMPD) is hoping you can help identify at least one of four men involved in this shooting.
Three men with bullet wounds were transported out of Candi's Cabaret club on Statesville Avenue. Those men are expected to all recover after a man with a gun ended an argument with gunfire.
Surveillance video shows four men getting into an argument with three so-called regulars over refusing to pay a woman for a $20 dance.
"He wasn't going to pay her for a dance or what have you, and so one of the regular guys got offended," said CMPD Detective Tori Roddey.
A club bouncer tried to intervene in the argument, but it escalated. The bouncer pushed one man into the bar, then the bouncer came at him with fists flying. But as they scuffled on the floor, the bouncer felt the sting of a bullet.
He'd been shot from behind.
And that's not all. A different angle shows a heavy-set man reach into his waistband and pull out a handgun when the fight begins. He wasted no time in pulling the trigger, hitting three people.
"He shoots the other guys that were the regulars, who were having the original confrontation," Detective Roddey said.
The shooter's friends all come escort him away. One of the group even taunts the bouncer who's down on the floor before he leaves.
So we're left with the question - how did the shooter get his gun past security inside the club?
"Normally, at most establishments like this, they're going to search them real well," Detective Roddey explained, "but if you look at this video, you can see he barely touches him a couple times on the leg and on the side - nowhere up front where the guy had the gun right in his waistband."
Immediately after the shooting, the four suspects left the club amid the chaos of dancers and patrons running outside.
The shooter is described as 6'2" in height and close to 300 pounds.
"Pretty violent guy, and I think we should be able to get him off the streets and, again, we just need one of these four guys' name and we'll take it from there," Detective Roddey said.
Police need your help to identify the men.
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