JAMES CITY, N.C. (WNCT) – Deputies said an altercation between hip-hop artist Rich Homie Quan’s entourage and club staff spilled outside and led to the early morning shootout that took place at the Diamond Club in James City.
Five people were injured in the shooting, two of which were air lifted to Vidant Medical Center.
Craven County Sheriff’s Office said deputies found at least 50 shell casings surrounding the club.
The club has closed down after the incident.
“In the interest of the public safety, the club owner surrendered his ABC permits and closed the business,”said ALE assistant special agent Matt Knight in a statement.
Neighboring businesses were also damaged. Master Building’s owner Daniel Hawkins discovered bullet holes through his building and trellis display.
“I’m surprised it happened cause that kind of stuff usually don’t happen here, but you get that amount of people over there, and you get drinking, and you get rap stars or whatever that was going on over there; you know, stuff happens,” Hawkins said.
Hawkins said they are looking into updating outside security.
The sheriff’s office said they’ve responded to the club in the past for minor incidents. But nothing like this.
An ALE spokesperson said the ABC Commision will decide what to do going forward. The club could face criminal or administrative violations once the investigation is complete.
The owner of the club “DJ Diamond Dale” also owns local restaurant Triple Play. They declined requests for comment.
The Craven County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting outside a nightclub that injured five people.
It happened just after 2:30 Sunday morning.
Communications said emergency crews were called to The Diamond Club in reference to a shooting. It’s located in the 1100 block of Highway 70 East in James City.
Chavez Farmer was at the club during the shooting. He said it all happened very fast.
“One man came to the back and he was complaining about being hot and his back hurting and he turned around her had a hole in his shirt so when we asked him to lift his shirt up we could tell that he was shot,” said Farmer
Investigators said five people were shot. Three victims were taken to Carolina East Medical Center, and two victims were airlifted to Vidant Medical Center. One of those victims is listed in critical condition. Several others were injured during the incident.
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Jonluke Lovell, one of the acts during the show, was at the scene. He described it as chaotic.
“Once they pepper sprayed and the first gun shot next thing, you know, everybody [was] running,” said Lovell
The names of the victims are not being released at this time.
If you have any information on this incident, contact the Craven County Sheriff’s Office at 252-636-6632.