Police: 13 Hurt In Shooting At Tempe, Ariz., Club

Published March 3, 2012 12:09PM (EST)

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — An altercation outside a night club in suburban Phoenix erupted in shooting, leaving 13 people wounded including two in serious condition, police said Saturday.

Police are looking for two young men as possible suspects. Tempe Sgt. Steve Carbajal said they fled after the shooting, which occurred shortly before midnight Friday in the parking lot of The Clubhouse Music Venue.

At least two of the injured were hospitalized in serious condition, while the others were treated for wounds that appeared less severe, Carbajal said.

He said some of the injured drove themselves to the various hospitals so police aren't sure if there were other victims besides the 13.

Carbajal described the shooting as the result of "some sort of altercation" at the club, where a rap music concert was going on.

Police didn't have immediate details on the disturbance, if both of the men were suspected of firing weapons, or about the type of firearm used.

The two being sought were described as black men wearing dark clothing who fled on foot from the club on East Broadway Road, located about 7 miles east of downtown Phoenix.

Four hours after the shooting, the parking lot was virtually empty with only police activity apparent. All entrances to the club's parking lot were cordoned off with tape and squad cars were posted around the area.

The website for the business — located in a strip mall within two miles of Arizona State University's main campus in Tempe — says it's been in operation for six years hosting music shows nightly for all age groups.

Calls to the club went unanswered early Saturday.


AP writer Bob Seavey in Phoenix contributed to this story.

By Salon Staff

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