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June 17, 2013

Parking lot altercation leads to injuries inside nightclub

By Jessica Strachan
C & G Staff Writer

Two women inside Haze Nightclub, located in the 25000 block of West 12 Mile Road, were treated on the scene just after 2 a.m. June 15 after an explosion of ricocheting bathroom tile hit them.

The women, ages 21 and 22, both from Detroit, received minor injuries that night after gunshots were fired inside the women’s bathroom, thankfully only hitting the walls.

“We received several calls referencing a fight and numerous shots being fired at that location,” Lt. Nick Loussia of the Southfield Police Department said. “As our officers arrived, they also heard gunshots and saw many people were running away from the club’s entrance.”

The bathroom was empty when responding officers checked the area, according to the report, but there were bullet holes in the wall and what appeared to be several drops of blood on the floor.

Police found the women, one of whom was bleeding from the elbow as a result of the exploding tile.

Based on the investigation, officers believe that the altercation happened in the parking lot, near the east side of the building, which is located in the Star Theater Complex. Shell casings were found in the parking lot, and two vehicles also had bullet holes, according to the report.

Loussia noted that the shells found indicated that there were two different-caliber guns firing rounds that night.

“According to witnesses, there was a large fight in the parking lot. … Two rounds had been fired into the nightclub from the parking lot, through a glass window of the nightclub,” he said.

Police located an individual in the area who Loussia said was too intoxicated to obtain information from. Authorities believe he was involved in the altercation.

Loussia noted that no arrests were made that night and that the investigation will continue.

“As of right now, it does not appear that anyone was shot and we still don’t know what caused the fight,” he added.

An employee at Haze Nightclub, who declined to give his name on the phone the morning of June 17, commented that “whatever happens outside (the club), happens outside,” and stressed that the altercation took place in the parking lot, not inside the club.

This is not the first incident of this nature that has been reported outside Haze Nightclub recently.

Just after 2 a.m. April 28, a 41-year-old Detroit man Detroit was arrested for shooting at a 28-year-old Novi man he claimed was talking to his wife inside the club, according to police records.

“Apparently an argument occurred inside the nightclub where the victim was talking to a female. Another male approached him and said to basically leave her alone, saying ‘that’s my wife,’” Loussia explained about that incident. “The man apologized and said he didn’t know. … When he exited and went to his vehicle, that’s when the suspect in a blue Chevy van pulled up and started yelling at him and his friend.”

Police believe it was the husband who was the suspect in the Chevy van who pulled up to the victim approximately 100 feet away. He allegedly hopped out of the vehicle with a handgun and fired one round at the victim. He then got back into his vehicle and left, though police were able to catch up to the man and arrest him that night, without incident, police said.

The intended victim was unharmed, according to the report.

Anyone with information about the June 15 altercation at Haze Nightclub is asked to call the Southfield Police Department at (248) 796-5500.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Jessica Strachan at jstrachan@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1108.