7 shot outside Gary music club, 1 person in custody

GARY, Ind. – Seven people were wounded in a shooting outside a Gary music club early Sunday morning, and one person is in custody, according to police.

Witnesses say some kind of argument erupted in the parking lot outside Dirtty’s Jazz and Blues Club  around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, just half an hour before the club closes. Gary police say several shots were fired, and seven people – including three women– were wounded in the gunfire. Another man injured his leg while attempting to get to safety.

Authorities did not release the ages or conditions of any of the people who were wounded. Police said they were all treated at nearby hospitals.

K.C. Thompson was deejaying a birthday party for about 150 people at the club when the shooting occurred.

"They say a rotten apple spoils the whole bunch – that’s kind of the situation that happened last night,” Thompson said.

The Gary Police Department said the incident appears to be isolated. Investigators say at least one person of interest has been identified and taken into custody, and they are reviewing surveillance footage to identify at least one more person believed to be involved in the shooting. A maroon chevy parked outside was pocked all over with bullet holes.

“We’re definitely praying for those who are affected – family and friends, we hope that nothing like this will happen again," Johnson said at New Bible Baptist Church, where his father is the pastor.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.