DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Authorities are investigating an overnight shooting at a packed Deerfield Beach club that left four people injured.
Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Tropicante nightclub, located along Northeast 42nd Street and Dixie Highway, Monday, at around 2:30 a.m.
According to a witness, an after-party was taking place inside the crowded club, and that’s when a man got punched, pulled out a gun and began firing.
A witness who was inside during the shooting said she is lucky to be alive after seeing two of her friends get shot.
“Next thing you know, the boy pulled out the gun and – pow, pow, pow,” said witness Maya Hall. “One person punched him in the face, and after that he pulled out the gun and just started shooting.”
Hall added, “I was like ‘God, just please watch over me at this point.’ I just heard the bullets, I seen them flash before my eyes. It could have hit me in the chest or anything. I was just on the ground, just praying not to let that happen to me or my people.”
Four people were shot, one person in the elbow and another in the chest.
“One of our homeboys got shot, and my cousin, she got cut up real bad,” said Hall, “and my other cousin got shot up in the elbow.”
Paramedics transported the victims to Broward Health North. Their conditions are currently unknown.
One of the victims underwent surgery Monday morning.
This isn’t the first time authorities have responded to this club. Back in May 2017, a man was shot, and the subject fired at deputies. In 2015, three people were also shot.
During a particular month, there were 15 calls about incidents at the nightclub.
Area residents told 7News it’s time to shut down Tropicante.
“Why are they shooting, anyway?” said a man who lives nearby. “They shouldn’t be shooting. People are working here and stuff.”
Deerfield Beach officials are looking into the nightclub in an attempt to determine whether or not it is a nuisance, and if anything can be done.
The shooter has yet to be identified.
If you have any information on this shooting, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.
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