Tempe Police Arrest Suspect in Clubhouse Shooting, Will Also Investigate Music Venue Itself
|Lieutenant Mike Horn of the Tempe Police Department briefs the media on last night's shooting at the Clubhouse Music Venue.|
According to Lieutenant Mike Horn, who briefed the media this afternoon, an unidentified male was taken into custody near the Tempe club in the hours after the incident occurred on Friday evening. Two African-American male suspects are still being sought for questioning.
Horn says three suspects opened fire about 11:30 p.m. amid a crowd of around 300 people attempting to get into the Clubhouse for a concert by rapper Nipsey Hussle. The shooting is believed to be gang related and was sparked by an altercation between members of rival Phoenix crews. Fourteen people were wounded, including two in serious but stable condition and one who came forward for treatment this afternoon.
Horn also says police and City of Tempe officials are investigating whether the Clubhouse had proper security measures in place for the hip-hop event.
|Crime scene tape closing off the parking lot of the Clubhouse Music Venue in Tempe.|
Horn stated that prior incidents have occurred outside the Clubhouse, citing a gang-related shooting in July 2007 and a number of other disturbances, fights, and incidents that have cased police to be summoned to the location in the past few years. (A stabbing also took place near the venue in 2009.)
"We make it very clear to them that you need to know who you're bringing in," Horn says. "And if you're bringing in an act that, [for] whatever reason, violence tends to follow them, then you need to put particular measures in place to protect the act and then also people that will be attending the event."
Local promoter Force Focus Entertainment, which has previously brought in such hip-hop stars as Yung Berg to Valley venues, put on the concert. Horn says there are reports that some in attendance at last night's show refused a pat down by security but weren't asked to leave.
"We're still following up on that, and that's just general information right now that we're looking into, but obviously that causes us some great concern," he says.
Calls to both Force Focus Entertainment and the Clubhouse's management have not been returned as of this writing.