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Man shot outside Ybor City nightclub

A Tampa police mounted officer attempts to clear the crowd after the shooting near Club Empire in Ybor City early Sunday.


A Tampa police mounted officer attempts to clear the crowd after the shooting near Club Empire in Ybor City early Sunday.

TAMPA — An after-hours dispute at an Ybor City nightclub turned violent early Sunday, leaving a Holiday man in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Stephen Kreilkamp, 21, was shot multiple times, including twice in the chest, according to the Tampa Police Department.

Khakem Jones, 20, of Tampa, was charged with attempted second-degree murder and carrying a concealed weapon.

Police were summoned to Club Empire on Seventh Avenue about 2:50 a.m. to quell a disturbance on the street after closing time. They broke up that crowd, but a second disturbance flared up in a nearby parking lot.

The shooting was the latest in a series of problems at the club, which has been the scene of at least three other fatal attacks and numerous incidents over the last seven years.

In 2002, two club bouncers were shot, one of them fatally. In 2005, a man was shot outside the club, and in 2006 a Temple Terrace patron was fatally stabbed. Another man was shot and killed in 2007 after being thrown out of the club for fighting with the man accused in the shooting.

Jones, the suspect in Sunday's incident, graduated from Hillsborough High School in 2008. He had no prior arrests listed in public records.

The victim, Kreilkamp, has been arrested at least 16 times on a variety of charges, including vehicle theft, aggravated assault, and violation of probation. He was transported to Tampa General Hospital with what the police termed life-threatening injuries, but the hospital was unable to confirm he was being treated there.

Tom Marshall can be reached at or (813) 226-3400.

Man shot outside Ybor City nightclub 12/06/09 [Last modified: Sunday, December 6, 2009 10:23pm]
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