Phoenix police release surveillance photos of the two men seen opening fire at a popular Phoenix gay strip club. The January 20th party catered to black gay men and featured hip-hop music and strippers. The shoot-out happened after an altercation with the DJ and a dancer, according to KPHO.
Witnesses said two men entered the cabaret and began taking with the person who was working behind the front counter, according to police. One of the men asked the employee for an application for amateur dancing night, police said. The other man peered through a curtain and exchanged brief words with the club’s disc jockey, officers said. The men then left the club and walked toward a vehicle in the north parking lot, investigators said.The DJ, accompanied by a dancer for the cabaret, followed the men and exchanged words, police said. The confrontation turned into a shoving match before both groups went their separate ways, police said. Moments later, a vehicle quickly drove to the front entrance of the club and two men emerged with handguns, according to witnesses. The men entered the cabaret and both began firing in the direction of the DJ and the dancer. One of the bullets struck a patron who had been speaking with one of the club’s employees. The gunmen fled the cabaret in a dark blue sedan.
The shooting victim was treated at a local hospital.
No word yet why the disc jockey and dancer argued with the men, or, what was the shooting motive.
Dick's Cabaret made national headlines two years. This was the same strip club where "American Idol" David Hernandez danced for three years.
Thanks to KEVIN for the heads up. A close-up image of one of the suspects who appears to be looking in the direction of the camera and flashing a gang sign AFTER THE JUMP ..