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BLOOMINGTON — Bloomington police are investigating a series of shootings that injured four early Saturday morning.
Officers were called around 1:10 a.m. Saturday to the Kalao Restaurant and Nightclub in the 300 block of North Walnut Street, the Bloomington Police Department said. Several shots were fired inside the restaurant, hitting several people as they tried to flee the building.
When BPD officers arrived, they located three male victims outside the restaurant with gunshot wounds. The victims, according to police, were shot in the lower rear bar of Kalao and fled outside.
“We only heard two shots and everyone started running,” said Luciano McGowan, a junior at Indiana University.
McGowan said he was on the dance floor with a friend when the shooting started. He said he immediately ran for cover.
“I ran up to the VIP area and there was a back area where they held all the liquor bottles and I and 15 other people crammed into this little room,” McGowan said.
Bloomington police say surveillance video from inside the club shows the 41-year-old victim in an “alteration” with the suspect just before the shooting began.
A 26-year-old man was shot in the pelvis, the 41-year-old man was shot in the upper thigh and a 22-year-old man was shot in the thigh, the BPD said.
As of 5.40pm on Saturday, the 41-year-old victim and the 26-year-old victim were hospitalized in stable condition and the 22-year-old victim had been treated and discharged from hospital.
A second shooting took place shortly after in an alley southeast of the nightclub. At around 1:30 a.m., the Bloomington dispatcher received a call from a shot man in a parking lot near the intersection of 6th Street and Lincoln Street.
Upon arrival, officers spotted a 26-year-old man in the front passenger seat of a car with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment and is currently in critical condition, police said.
At this time, it is unclear if the two shootings are related, BPD said. However, the second shooting is believed to have occurred near the alley that runs east to west between Kirkwood Avenue and 6th Street, police confirmed on Saturday.
“I consider it a very safe place and that’s quite shocking to me,” McGowan said. “It really shook me in the moment because I never thought this could happen in Bloomington.”
Anyone with information regarding the second shooting is asked to contact BPD Detective Jon Muscato at (812) 349-3325.