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Teens injured by gunfire outside downtown Macon nightclub

Macon police estimate between 300 and 400 people were outside a downtown Macon nightclub late Sunday night when gunfire erupted in the crowd.

Sgt. Melanie Hofmann said no arrests have been made in connection with the shooting at Dirty Iguana, located at 543 Plum St.

Two teenagers injured in the shooting have been released from The Medical Center of Central Georgia, she said.

Kenya Palmer, 19, of West Grenada Terrace, and 16-year-old Davone Frazier, of Suwanee Avenue, were each shot in the ankle, according to the police.

Club owner Manish Patel said the club partnered with a local radio station to open only for teens aged 13 to 18 Sunday night in hopes of keeping students off the street during spring break. He said the club closed at 11:30 p.m. and had asked police Saturday to provide a presence outside the club for the teenagers’ safety.

Someone called police at about 11:30 p.m. in reference to a fight, according to a police report released Monday.

When police arrived, security guards told them there likely would be more trouble because the deejay was doing a “call out,” Hofmann said.

The deejay asked the crowd to yell out the areas of town where they lived, and the crowd became “excited and riled up,” according to the report.

A fight broke out, and people spilled outside where someone started firing several shots into the crowd and at officers, according to the report.

Hofmann said she’s unsure how many shots were fired.

A witness told police that a man fired a black automatic handgun into the outside crowd, according to the report.

Preliminary investigation points to the shooting being related to gang activity, according to the report which names the gang as the “Boss Squad.”

Patel denied calling the police in reference to a fight and said there wasn’t a fight inside the club.

He was outside when the shooting started, but he said the shots were fired at the corner of Plum and Third streets, not in front of his business.

Patel estimates the shooting started about 1 a.m. Monday, not 11:30 p.m. Sunday as reported by the police. “My place is a safe place,” he said.

Patel said the club is staffed with between 12 and 15 security guards who search patrons for weapons on their way inside. Patel said he also has hired a part-time police officer to provide security.

“I’ve never had anything like this happen,” he said.

Brittany Lashy Wilson, 19, of Lynn Haven Avenue, was charged with disorderly conduct at the club at 12:20 a.m. Monday following a fight, according to another police report released Monday.

Wilson is being held at the Bibb County jail on $1,200 bond, according to jail records.

Hofmann said officers are investigating whether there’s a connection between the shooting outside Dirty Iguana and a shooting in the 3000 block of Somerset Drive early Monday morning.

A 40-year-old woman reported several gunshots were fired into her house and her husband’s truck at about 2:10 a.m. Monday, according to a police report.

The woman told police she was awakened by a loud gunshot and discovered a window in her home had two bullet holes.

Outside, a gunshot had damaged the rear windshield of a truck, according to the report.

The woman’s son was at Dirty Iguana the same night as the shooting, and he told police he suspected the two incidents might be related, according to the report.

Police say they thinks a shotgun was used in the shooting, according to the report.

Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call police at 751-7500 or Macon Regional CrimeStoppers at (877) 68-CRIME.

To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.

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