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July 22, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Gunshots fired outside Seattle club labeled ‘chronic public nuisance’

A shooting occurred early Sunday morning outside a club labeled a “chronic public nuisance” last month, Seattle police said.

Shortly after 2 a.m., there was a confrontation between two groups inside Club Volume, 172 S. Washington St., according to the Seattle Police Department. When the Pioneer Square club closed, a fight started as the two groups were walking to their cars in the parking lot at Second Avenue South and South Main Street.

A man retrieved a handgun from a vehicle, pointed it at members of the other group and fired at least 12 shots into the air, police said.

The man then jumped into the back seat of the car, which headed east on South Main Street. An officer heard the shots from a few blocks away and responded, but his in-car camera was unable to capture a license plate number.

Officers located 12 bullet casings and a wallet belonging to the shooter or a member of his group, police said.

No arrests have been made, SPD spokeswoman Renee Witt said Monday.

Police and the Seattle City Attorney’s office declared Club Volume a “chronic public nuisance” last month. In a six-month span, SPD received 144 calls for service at the club.

A letter to the club’s owners, signed by acting Police Chief Jim Pugel, outlined several “nuisance activities” that occurred at the club, including assaults on the dance floor and drunken juveniles.

The letter stated the owners needed to curb the issues or face possible revocation of their business license and fines of up to $25,000.

Messages left at the club and at the owners’ residence were not returned Monday.

The City Attorney’s Office is awaiting a full report on the shooting before making any decisions and will continue to monitor activities there, according to spokeswoman Kimberly Mills.

“We hope to negotiate and enter into a correction agreement soon,” Mills said Monday.

Witt said the police department won’t be taking further action against the club following the incident.

“This will go in their file and further show they are a nuisance,” Witt said.

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