Thursday, February 22, 2018
Public safety

Police: one likely injured in Onyx nightclub shooting

ST. PETERSBURG — A report of shots fired at the Onyx Premium Nightclub may have left one man injured last night, police said, but they can't be sure.

The shooting's apparent victim, Artez Hooker, arrived at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg shortly after police were called to the club about 3:15 a.m. Hooker, 31, refused to tell police how he ended up with a gunshot wound in his right leg.

He was "very uncooperative" and told officers to leave him alone, police spokesman Mike Puetz said.

No one else at the club at 211 3rd St. S or on the sidewalk around it was able to provide police with details, Puetz said.

Under its former name, The Scene, the club was the site of a February 2012 shooting where at least one man was injured and thousands fled into the street. After that incident, at least three negligence claims were filed against the club's former owners in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court.

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