By Alton Mitchell
An early Saturday morning party turned violent at a Valley, Alabama nightclub. The violence that erupted inside the club would leave one man suffering from a gunshot wound and the shooter still on the loose.
Lee County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Rhythm and Blues Club located at 9857 U.S. Highway 29 in Valley about 3 a.m. on Saturday morning in response to a shooting call. The nightclub sits in Lee County about 1 mile south of the Chambers County line.
When law enforcement officials arrived at the club they found a 26-year-old Opelika man on the floor of the nightclub suffering from a gunshot wound to the hip. Investigators believe the shooting occurred inside the bar following an argument between the victim and the shooter.
Emergency medical workers transported the shooting victim to East Alabama Medical Center for treatment. He is expected to survive his injuries. Witnesses told police the shooting occurred when an argument erupted between two men in the bar and one pulled a gun from his pants and fired. The suspected shooter had left the scene when investigators arrived.
Television station WRBL reported that Lee County investigators are concerned with incidents at the nightclub in recent months. According to an article ran by the station on Monday the Sheriff’s office is requesting changes be implemented at the nightclub following the most recent shooting which is the 14th incident at that club since September 1st. Those incidents account for 24 victims at the nightclub in incidents that range from shootings to damage to property and drug offenses.
Lee County investigators are still looking into the Saturday shooting anyone with information about the shooting should contact investigators at 334-749-5651