2 shot at Little Rock nightclub

Two people were shot at a Little Rock nightclub (Photo: KATV)

Police are investigating after two people were shot at a Little Rock nightclub early Monday.

Officers were called at 12:12 a.m. to Club 428 at 4726 Asher Avenue, where they found several people running from the business, according to a police report. Police said George Hicks Jr., 58, was lying on the ground near the entrance to the club. He'd been shot in his lower right leg. Hicks, who is listed as an owner and operator of the club in a state business database, was reportedly taken to Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock with life-threatening injuries.

Police soon learned that Quinton Rice, 32, had arrived at UAMS Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his left foot. Police said the hospital released Rice and banned him from the hospital after he became "irate." Detectives interviewed Rice before he was taken to CHI St. Vincent Infirmary for further treatment.

Information on the shooting was limited. A witness told police that someone in a silver-colored four-door vehicle had opened fire as the vehicle traveled past the club on Madison Street, according to the report. The vehicle was last seen heading west on Asher Avenue. Police said two vehicles at the club were damaged by gunfire. Investigators found multiple shell casings in the area.

Rice, who was listed as a suspect in the report, told investigators that a woman in a white vehicle had dropped him off at the club. Further details of his account were not included in the report.

No charges had been filed Monday afternoon.

The shooting Monday wasn't the first at the address, where multiple nightclubs have operated. A 21-year-old man was killed and another man was injured in a shooting there in 2014, when the Quarter Note nightclub operated at the address. In 2007, the city sued the club, then known as the Sandpiper, as a public nuisance after separate shootings at the business left two people dead within a year, according to court records. The city reportedly settled the lawsuit with the building's owners, Harold and Birdie Durham of Lawrenceville, Ga., who agreed to upgrade security at the club and shorten business hours.

The Durhams still own the building, according to Pulaski County property records.

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