Texas nightclub where 2 were killed is temporarily closed
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A Lubbock nightclub where two men were fatally shot early on New Year’s Day has been temporarily shut down as officials continue searching for the shooter, authorities said Friday.
No arrests have been made in the shooting, but investigators are following up on several leads in the killing of 17-year-old Garyontae Shephard and 24-year-old Dedrick Traylor, said Lubbock police Chief Floyd Mitchell.
Traylor and the suspect had a physical altercation inside the Level Nightclub just before 2 a.m. Wednesday when the suspect pulled a gun and shot him, police said. Shephard was running from the scene when he was shot. No one else was injured.
Mitchell said his agency was told Thursday that the club was shut down for at least seven days while the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission reviews its operations and history of prior violent incidents.
Police have responded to at least six calls about assaults at the club since Nov. 24, including some that involved firearms, Mitchell said. They made more than 60 arrests in the area during two targeted operations.
Mitchell called the crime taking place in and near the club “unacceptable” and said police will have a more visible presence around the nightspot.
Police don’t know if Shepherd and Traylor were targeted by the shooter and investigators are still interviewing witnesses and reviewing videotape from inside and outside the club, Mitchell said.
The club owner is cooperating with the investigation, the police chief said.