Shooting at after-hours club in Crescentville

Sur­veil­lance photo

A would-be pat­ron of a Cres­centville after-hours club didn’t take it too well when a door­man turned him away in the pre-dawn hours on March 31. The man re­turned to the busi­ness with a gun and fired sev­er­al rounds through the front door.

One of the shots struck the em­ploy­ee in the cheek, while a wo­man guest suffered a minor head in­jury dur­ing the en­su­ing scramble in the nightclub entry­way. Po­lice are try­ing to identi­fy the shoot­er.

The epis­ode began at about 3:43 a.m. when the gun­man tried to enter Club Can­dela at 718 Adams Ave. Video sur­veil­lance from out­side the prop­erty shows sev­er­al wo­men en­ter­ing the front door, fol­lowed by the al­leged shoot­er. The door­man ap­peared to ad­mit the wo­men, but not the man, prompt­ing him to walk down the block.

A short time later, the same man re­turned, poin­ted a hand­gun at the glass door and fired four shots in­to the nightclub. Two oth­er men were stand­ing out­side the door at the time, but backed away as the gun­man began shoot­ing. An­oth­er sur­veil­lance cam­era was po­si­tioned in­side the busi­ness and aimed at the door. That video shows the gun­man fir­ing shots, the door­man crouch­ing be­hind an ATM for cov­er and pat­rons flee­ing in­to the bust­ling nightclub.

The shoot­er fled east­bound on Adams Av­en­ue. He was de­scribed as white or His­pan­ic, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and 200 pounds. He wore a white base­ball cap, a blue hooded sweat­shirt with “1989” on the front, a white shirt with dark ho­ri­zont­al stripes, blue jeans and blue sneak­ers.

The wounded door­man, 30, was taken to Al­bert Ein­stein Med­ic­al Cen­ter in ser­i­ous con­di­tion. The in­jured wo­man, 29, also sought treat­ment at Ein­stein, po­lice said. 

Vis­it the Phil­adelphia Po­lice chan­nel on You­ to view the sur­veil­lance video. Call 215-686-TIPS or text to PP­DTIP to re­port in­form­a­tion. ••

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