3 killed in shooting outside Houston strip club

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by MALINI BASU

KHOU

Posted on June 20, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 20 at 8:15 AM

HOUSTON -- Two men and a woman were killed and a local rapper was injured Wednesday morning when someone opened fire during a fight outside a Houston strip club.

It happened just after 3 a.m., outside Diamonds Gentlemen's Club on Westpark Drive in southwest Houston. The crowd had gathered there for a Juneteenth celebration, featuring a performance by local rapper, Trae The Truth.

Police said a total of five people, including three men and two women, were shot. The two surviving victims, including Trae The Truth, were taken to the hospital.

The shooting happened after a fight erupted outside the club. At some point during the altercation, police said a gunman or gunmen started shooting. Over a dozen shots were fired.

One woman who was inside the club at the time of the shooting said she couldn’t believe what happened.

"My friend got shot today at a strip club," said one woman who was later at the scene. "I‘m coming to support a fellow friend. She was an innocent bystander. I mean, I don’t know what to say, speechless. I’m just speechless."

Investigators said there was another fight at the club on Sunday, and they were working to determine if the two incidents were connected. They were still at the scene hours after the shooting, interviewing multiple witnesses.

Police said the suspects were still at large, and have asked for the public’s help. With such a large crowd, investigators believe someone saw something. Anyone with information is urged to contact HPD or call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.

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