On Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia, five bloodied demonstrators stood Sunday hours after a shooting outside the Trilogy nightclub on Sixth Street.
The group flashed signs reading “Stop the killings” at passing motorists. At 3:23 a.m., a gunman opened fire on the crowd, wounding four women and two men, fewer than the six people who had been shot earlier. The condition of the 26-year-old woman, who was shot in the chest, was in critical condition, but her condition improved after surgery, police said.
“We’re here to raise awareness about this gun violence in the city,” said activist Preston Davis with the Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network. “We need more people to come out.”
Police Capt. John Walker said the shooting began after two men argued inside the club during a Halloween-themed event. As the night club was taking people out, the men got into an argument outside and their argument escalated into a physical fight involving men and women.
Eventually, one of the initial brawlers pulled a .40-caliber handgun and began firing, wounding the man he was fighting with — and others.
“When a large number of bullets are flying, there are no names on them,” Walker said.
Walker said the gunman was the only one who escaped. Police said no arrests were made and no weapons were recovered.
A 37-year-old man was injured by a bullet in his back and a 29-year-old man was injured by a bullet in his leg. A 20-year-old was shot in the back, a 31-year-old was shot in the thigh and ankle, and a 30-year-old woman was grazed in the head and leg.
“They will survive,” Walker said.
Trilogy is licensed to sell alcohol until 3 a.m. under the name Palmer Social Club, according to public Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board records. Its last liquor-code violation was in 2011, records show.
Sean Kelly, a spokesman for the Liquor Control Agency, said Sunday that such clubs only admit members who have gone through an application process and operate as a nonprofit enterprise.
On its Facebook pages, Trilogy bills itself as “Philadelphia’s premier place to party” and appears open to all comers. “Tell a friend to tell a friend!!!” It advertises.
The club offers a variety of “bottle service packages,” the most expensive of which is $1,500, and provides guests with three hookahs, two bottles of champagne and four bottles of premium liquor. The place enforces a “high and classy” dress code, it says.
A person who answered the phone at a number listed on one of the club’s management’s two Facebook pages declined to identify himself or talk about the shooting.