PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One person is dead and two others were wounded after gunfire erupted outside a nightclub in North Philadelphia.
Police say it happened around 4 a.m. Sunday after an altercation outside the A Lounge and Social Club along the 4200 block of Macalester Street in the city’s Feltonville neighborhood.
Authorities say a 27-year-old man pulled a gun and opened fire on a 37-year-old man, shooting him in the face and chest. The victim was taken to Temple Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Investigators say another man, 24, was shot twice in the neck. He was rushed to Temple Hospital in critical condition.
“People need to know the amount of times homicide that are happening at the A Lounge,” said Rosalind Pichardo with Operation Save Our City. “It is clearly a death trap for people going there.”
There is no official word on the number of shootings and deaths at the A Lounge, but this is the the fourth shooting or homicide we have covered at the lounge in recent years.
There was one just a few months ago, in January, and another in January 2015.
The January shooting claimed the life of 34-year-old Alejandro Rojas Garcia.
“I was devastated,” said Aleida Garcia, his mother.
“The day that my son was murdered I woke up that morning and I was given the news,” said Garcia. “Today I woke up again and heard that another person had been murdered and I know that there is another mother out there who is going through the same thing I went through 3-years-ago.”
She prays for the family of the 37-year-old man killed this morning, but her and her husband hope action is taken so Sunday’s shooting and homicide can be the last death here.
“I just want people to wake up and realize that gun violence in this city isn’t something that you can flip the page and continue your life with,” added Garcia.
We reached out the lounge, for comment on these shootings and still have not heard back.
Police say the suspected shooter was shot in the leg by an armed security guard. He was taken to the hospital in stable condition and is in police custody.