Strip club beef ends in gunfire

An ar­gu­ment that began in­side The Cove strip club in Port Rich­mond spilled on to the street and quickly turned vi­ol­ent on Wed­nes­day, Oct. 19. That even­ing, yel­low po­lice tape dangled in the rain soaked night, while the soft glow of the club’s prom­in­ent corner sign re­flec­ted off the wet, blood-stained pave­ment. What began as a shout­ing match in­side es­cal­ated in­to a phys­ic­al con­front­a­tion at Al­legheny Av­en­ue and Rich­mond Street. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the in­cid­ent didn’t end un­til three shots were fired and a 35-year-old man was in­jured. Phil­adelphia po­lice spokes­wo­man Of­ficer Tan­ya Little said that the in­cid­ent began at around 5:10 p.m. when two men got in­to an ar­gu­ment in the club, though she wasn’t cer­tain what kicked off the al­ter­ca­tion. The men brought the fight out­side, where one in­di­vidu­al, a 33-year-old male that po­lice haven’t yet iden­ti­fied, pulled a weapon and fired three shots; one shot struck the vic­tim’s right arm. After fir­ing the shots, Little said, the shoot­er ran down Clear­field Street onto the 3100 block of Mel­vale Street where he hopped in­to a 1999 Honda Ac­cord and fled the scene. A po­lice patrol unit pulled the vehicle over and, Little said, of­ficers ar­res­ted the man and re­covered the weapon used in the in­cid­ent. The vic­tim was trans­por­ted to Temple Uni­versity Hos­pit­al in stable con­di­tion.

Re­port­er Hay­den Mit­man can be reached at 215-354-3124 or hmit­

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