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After deadly night club shooting, Palmetto club shuts down

PALMETTO — A night club where a pair of gunman killed two people and injured 22 others over the weekend will shut down for good.

Police have not yet named any suspects in the shooting, but Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant announced Monday that Club Elite would be permanently closed. The space, at 704 10th St. W, will reopen as another type of business in the future, Bryant said.

The club still has bullet holes in its doors and at least three people remain hospitalized, after the shooting .

The club still has bullet holes in its doors and at least three people remain hospitalized after the incident, in which police say two shooters with rifles opened fire on a crowd outside Club Elite at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday.

Marie Williams, 26, was in fair condition at Manatee Memorial Hospital, police said. Michelle Stuart, 40, and Stacey Walker, 44, were in fair condition at Bayfront Medical Center.

Based on evidence and witness testimony, police believe the two unidentified shooters unloaded a 5.56- and a 7.62-caliber rifle into the crowd from outside the club. A handgun shell casing was also discovered at the scene.

A total of 22 people were injured in the shooting. Most of the victims have been released from the hospital.

According to police, six were taken to Bayfront Medical Center: Terron Himes, 44; Deondrick Anderson, 37; Solondria Morris, 34; and Johnny Brice, 38.

Officials said 14 others were treated at Manatee Memorial Hospital: Tracey Mundane, 44; Charlene Davis, 55; Jacari Archie, 29; Jerry Minor, 52; Robin Belknap, 54; Cierra Jones, 25; Tyrone Rhodes, 36; Beatrice Henry, 42; Valerie Mays, 41; Carolyn Walker, 31; Andrea Washington, 23; Johnny Yarn, 47; Dontria Reed, 21; and Terrance Bridges, 41.

The motive behind the shooting is unknown.

The Palmetto Police Department has asked anyone with information to call Detective Oyler at (941) 723-4587, or Manatee County Crime Stoppers at (866)634-8477.

Family members, too, have begun petitioning the public for help.

Nikita Goff, whose brother Trayon was killed in the shooting, made a public plea on Bay News 9 to her brother's killers.

"Turn yourself in," she said. "Let these families, my family, get a little justice from what's done."

Trayon Goff, 25, of Palmetto and Gwenette Matthews, 38, of Bradenton died at the scene.

Anyone who provides information leading to an arrest could be eligible for up to $20,000 in reward money — an amount that has ballooned in the past several days.

After deadly night club shooting, Palmetto club shuts down 09/13/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 11:54am]
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