Police: 2 dead, several injured in Lanett nightclub shooting

LANETT, Ala. -- Two people are dead and several others are hurt after police say shots were fired in a Lanett nightclub early Sunday morning.

A Lanett Police Department press release says officers responded to shots fired Sunday at Club Addiction on 16th Street. They found a man shot on the scene and immediately rushed him to EAMC-Lanier where he was pronounced dead.

Police also say there was another shooting nearby the club in which nine people were shot. One was found in a vehicle and rushed to the hospital, while others went for treatment in private vehicles.

April Carlisle who lives behind the club said nine to ten gunshots woke her up, and her first thought was to get in touch with her sister who was at the club. A huge weight was lifted off her shoulders when she learned her sister was OK.

"She said, the only thing she knew was that she was there and then she heard a lot of gunshots, and everyone hit the floor and started running," Carlisle said. "She fell and someone helped her up."

Michael Woody is the property owner of the land the club sits on. Woody was next door at his business when the shots rang out. He now leases the building the club is in out. Woody owned the club for 15 years and said in that time, the police were called out no more than 10 times. He offered his condolences to the families and victims. He said closing the club is not the answer.

"These people need to be locked up and taken off the streets for good," Woody said. "Not come out on parole, but they need to stay locked up for the rest of their days because they've taken a family member away from their mother or children, and they would get to come out and live a natural life, I don't think it's fair."

Chief Angie Spates confirms to News 3 a woman was later pronounced dead and the other victims were treated and released.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Lanett Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division 334-644-5254 or Crime Stoppers 334-756-8200.


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