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Neighbors, alderwoman call for action after 3 are shot outside nightclub

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Police outside the MOOD Lounge Wednesday (Credit: KMOV) Police outside the MOOD Lounge Wednesday (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Three people were shot outside a club in downtown St. Louis late Wednesday night.

The shooting occurred at the MOOD Lounge, located at 20th and Locust, about block from St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters, around 11:30 p.m.

An investigation revealed there was an open mic event taking place when a fight began and security told everyone to leave the building. After leaving, several unknown suspects began shooting in front of the business, shattering the front window.

The three male victims, ages 45, 32 and 24, who ran back into the business for cover, were also struck by gunfire. EMS responded and transported all three victims to the hospital. 

The 45-year-old was shot in his knee and listed as stable. The 32-year-old victim was shot in the face and was also listed as stable. The 24-year-old man was shot in the stomach and listed in critical but stable condition. 

DJ Lazarus told News 4 that a brawl broke out as he was spinning records at the lounge. 

"It's a bad situation, a real bad situation," Lazarus said, "Things started getting thrown, then it turned into a brawl."

Several nearby businesses like Maurice Mosley's said the recent activity is drawing negative attention.  Mosley owns the Hair Doctor Salon and is concerned about the clientele that nightclub attracts. 

"It makes downtown look bad, but downtown's not bad," said Mosley, "You can't stop who's going to visit down here, but if they come down here and make any mistakes, the Metropolitan police is going to take care of it."

Brenton Brown, co-owner of Bootleggin BBQ, said he plans to address the issue with the Downtown Neighborhood Association plan.  

"What's happening right now is not something that's right for this neighborhood. So, we need to make sure that we can help them get to the next level," said Brown.

Friday morning, Wayne Haley, the club's owner, issued the following statement:

Like everyone in St. Louis, I am devastated about the horrific events that had taken place last night outside of my establishment. Mood, and the men and women who work there, my security team, and DJ’s have been family for years. From the beginning, Mood has served as a place of
celebration within the arts of music, entertainment, DJ’s, and a place where celebrities patronize.

I want to express my profound sadness to all who have been injured through senseless gun play displayed on the streets outside of my establishment, I sympathize with them for I too I was shot. Please know that my grief and heart are with you

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This is the second shooting outside the club since the beginning of March, when three people were shot.

Ward 19 Alderwoman Marlene Davis said the culture surrounding guns has to change, she also said other steps such as looking into the liquor license of a business if it doesn't act responsibly.

Editor's note: Police first said there were four people shot outside the club but later issued a revision stating that only three people were injured. 

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