FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Police say a man is now facing charges in a deadly shooting that also injured four other people at a Fayetteville strip club early Saturday along Bragg Boulevard.
Markeese Dewitt, 23, who was also wounded during the incident, is charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, Fayetteville police said late Saturday.
The incident happened shortly before 2 a.m. at Diamondz Gentleman’s Club, police said.
Upon arrival, officers initially found four people suffering gunshot wounds. Later, a fifth victim of the shooting was discovered, police said.
The victims were transported to the hospital, where one died.
Akash R. Talati, 40, of Fayetteville, who owned the Diamondz Gentleman’s Club, was later identified by police as the man who died.
One victim remains in a local hospital in serious condition, another victim remains in a local hospital in fair condition, and two victims have been released from the hospital.
Talati’s family and friends told CBS North Carolina the shooting happened after a man was kicked out of the club, got mad, grabbed a gun and began shooting. Police later confirmed that sequence of events.
A Diamondz Gentleman’s Club security guard fired back, hitting the suspect five times, Talati’s family said.
Talati was hit by a stray bullet while inside the club, according to his family.
Authorities said they are investigating the case as a homicide.
Police have not released the names of any of the victims who survived. Dewitt, who was hit by several rounds of gunfire, is in critical condition, police said.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-818-3468 or Crimestoppers at 910-483-TIPS (8477).