Times Staff Writers
TAMPA — The bass was thumping, the disco lights flashing when fatal gunfire erupted inside a packed Tampa strip club early Saturday.
The shooting at Club Rayne, 8123 N Nebraska Ave., left 21-year-old Marvin Lancaster of Brandon dead and eight others wounded. Their injuries ranged from minor to serious, Tampa police Lt. John Preyer said late Saturday.
As police searched for leads, friends and family mourned Lancaster on social media. Several linked to his page on the video streaming app Periscope, where he appeared to have broadcast the shooting in real time.
Tampa police said they were "aware of a Periscope video from inside the nightclub," but declined to comment further.
The gunfire, which attracted national media attention, started around 2 a.m., more than likely after an argument between people in the club.
"Somebody said something," Preyer said. "Everyone had guns, everyone started shooting."
The injured victims were identified as Restaycia Carnegie, 20; Sheila McFadden, 17; Lancinet Stephens, 20; Equanzick Howell, 28; Jose Humphrey, 32; Christopher Houston, 20; and Mekyala Mann, 24.
All were taken to area hospitals. An eighth person hurt in the shooting was taken to a hospital by private transportation, according to police.
Detectives still weren't sure if the victims "were participants or innocent bystanders," Preyer said.
The investigation is continuing.
Lancaster, who called himself Lil Marvin on social media platforms, appears to have started streaming just before the gunshots rang out. He panned around the busy club, then videoed a dancer yelling, "Y'all can fight all y'all want to!"
Then, a pop. Then seven more.
The feed cut out.
Investigators ask that anyone with information or video of the shooting call the Tampa Police Department at (813) 231-6130.