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Nightclub mass shooting leaves few answers

Crusader staff report

Gary police are working to identify a second suspect they believed was responsible for a mass shooting at a nightclub on the east side of the city where seven people were shot early Sunday morning.

One suspect is in custody, but police haven’t released his name. As of press time Wednesday, spokesperson Dawn Westerfield did not have any updated information on the shooting.

It’s the latest in an incident that has made national headlines for a mass shooting that left four men and three women injured outside the Dirtty’s Jazz and Blues, a popular club located at 4601 Melton Road.

Police say at about 2:30 a.m. officers from the Gary (Indiana) Police Department were called to the club near Interstate 90. Police were told that one person had been shot, but when officers arrived, they found seven victims with gunshot wounds. Westerfield said an eighth person was hurt as he tried to escape the gunfire.

Leading the investigation is Det. Sgt. William Fazekas, who stated he didn’t know what led to the shooting or the motive behind the incident.  Two men were believed to be responsible for the shooting. Police have yet to release information pertaining to the victims’ ages, condition or whether some are still alive. In one news report, Westerfield said the incident appears to be isolated.  She did not provide any additional details about the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

According to its website, Dirtty’s Jazz and Blues Club was established in 2014 by Bob Day. The venue showcases and celebrates the music and artistry of local and national jazz and blues performers. The diverse adult audience enjoys a variety of jazz and blues in an intimate setting. The club has drawn favorable reviewers from guests who posted their comments on Facebook.

“It’s so inviting, relaxing and very entertaining!”said Debbie Marie. “I was happy it was the location chosen for my birthday with friends. The DJ, bartender and security be on the job. I am putting the word out that Dirtty’s is the place to party throughout the week. Hopefully, a blues and jazz night will be held there. A beautiful and friendly night spot that you can relax and feel secure in.”

Another guest, Kyla No Slacking, said, “It was a nice atmosphere and not a hole in the wall like some bars. It wasn’t during party time, but my bartender, Nikki, was nice and the drink she made me was soooo good.”

Anyone with information about the shooting should contact Det. Sgt. William Fazekas at 219-881-1210 or leave information on a crime tip hotline: 866-274-6347.



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