PINELLAS PARK — A 28-year-old man was wounded in a shooting outside a strip club early Monday as sheriff's deputies investigated an unrelated fight.
About 2 a.m., Joslyn Noel Shaw of Clearwater was arguing with someone in the parking lot of the Bottoms Up Gentlemen's Club, 8804 66th St. N, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies say the unidentified man started shooting at Shaw, hitting him once in the right calf. Shaw was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he was reportedly treated and released.
Deputies had just arrived at the club to respond to a fight elsewhere on the property when Shaw was shot. There may have been as many as five shots fired.
Shaw's shooter got away. Deputies described him as a black man with long dreadlocks, last seen wearing a white shirt.
The Sheriff's Office asks anyone with information to call (727) 582-6200 or Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.
The club has been the backdrop for other gun-related incidents:
• Anthony Peterson of St. Petersburg told police he was leaving the club Aug. 24 when gunfire erupted in the parking lot. As he drove away, he hit a car, killing the driver at 49th Street and Park Boulevard, and Peterson told police he panicked and left the scene.
• In November 2008, owner Dzevdat Resulovski emerged from the club to fire a single shot from a .25-caliber handgun at two men attempting to set fire to the club. Lawrence Antonio Hubbard and Sean Anthony Zander, a transient, set fire to an exterior wall after earlier being ejected, deputies have said. They were arrested a few blocks away.
• On June 17, Damian J. Woodard was shot after a fight broke out in the parking lot, deputies said.
PCSO spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda said detectives attribute the criminal activity at the club to its 2 a.m. closing time.
"And it's a location where people tend to congregate in the parking lot," she said. "It's one of several places in Pinellas County where we have that. And it's not all adult clubs. It happens at restaurant that keep later hours."
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