Offices immediately responded to address these exchanges when they escalated into several fights. The fight grew to about 20-35 people, as patrons started to swing champagne bottles striking people about the head and torso. Officers, at this time, were engaged with the crowd and trying to break up the various fights that had broken out.
While actively engaged with the crowd, officers heard one loud bang consistent with the sound of gunshots, followed by two to three more. An officer that was on a platform looked in the direction of the gunshots and observed the suspect standing about five feet away with his hands extended holding a black firearm randomly firing shots into the crowd. As officers made their way toward the suspect, he turned around and attempted to exit the main room, bringing the firearm out of view. Officers, having identified the suspect, attempted to gain control of the suspect as he tried to make his way his way of the club. The suspect violently resisted officers’ efforts to detain him. The suspect refused to heed officers’ commands to drop the weapon as they attempted to remove the gun from his possession, and kept trying to reach for his waist.
Officers, after a lengthy and very violent struggle with the suspect, gained control of the suspect and disarmed him. After disarming the suspect, officers were now faced with an attack from the crowd who attempted to attack officers. Officers requested assistance from other units and alerted the dispatchers that officers were in trouble. Numerous units from around the city responded to the scene and after some time were able to secure the scene.
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