Detroit Strip Club Shooting Leaves Six Hospitalized

Six people are in hospital after a shootout close to a strip club in Detroit.

Police said four men and two women were shot outside the Sting Gentlemen's Club on Michigan Avenue just before 2 a.m.

Two men, aged 24 and 28, were left in a critical condition and a further two men, aged 25 and 28, as well as a 22-year-old woman, were in a stable condition, WXYZ, Detroit's ABC-affiliate news station reported.

A 20-year-old woman was also taken to hospital but her condition is not known.

According to police, an unknown suspect, or suspects, fired multiple shots into a large group of people that had gathered outside the club.

Police were seen laying out evidence markers, suggesting bullet casings had been identified, Fox News affiliate WJBK reported.

However, no arrests have been made and the circumstances of the shooting are still being investigated. Police were also said to be looking at CCTV footage from the scene.

Newsweek has contacted Detroit police for comment.

Elsewhere in the city, a man was arrested on Saturday after allegedly shooting a four-year-old girl and a 22-year-old man.

Devontae Lamar Berrien was taken into custody after police said he got into an argument with another individual at around 7 p.m.

He is alleged to have fired several shots before leaving the scene after the girl and man were hit.

They were both taken to hospital and were said to be in a serious condition.

Rising crime

Detroit has witnessed a sharp rise in the number of homicides and non-fatal shootings in the past year, which police said often stemmed from unresolved disputes that escalated to violence.

Homicides were up in Detroit nearly 31 percent and shootings resulting in wounds rose 53 percent compared with 2019, the Justice Department said.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced in July he would welcome federal help in combating gun violence.

"I've never seen as many illegal guns on the streets as we have today. If they want to have more ATF [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] officers dealing with the illegal trafficking of guns, that would be a welcome contribution," he said.

That same month the Department for Justice revealed it was expanding its Operation Legend to Detroit in a bid to help state and local officials fight high levels of violent crime, particularly gun violence.

More than 40 federal agents from the FBI, DEA [Drug Enforcement Administration] and ATF were to be sent to the city under the plan, including 11 new ATF Special Agents and five new FBI Special Agents to focus on violent crime in the city. An additional 10 Detroit ATF agents were reassigned to work on violent gun crimes.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance made available $1.4 million to support Operation Legend's violent crime reduction efforts in Detroit, and an additional $2.4 million was given to the Detroit Police Department to fund the hiring of 15 officers.