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Bloomington nightclub shooting, another in alley send 4 to hospital

Three men were shot inside the Kalao Night Club on North Walnut Street just after 1 a.m. Saturday. A short time later, another man was found shot nearby.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Bloomington Police are investigating two shootings that sent four people to the hospital during Indiana University's biggest party weekend of the year— Little 500. 

The shootings occurred early Saturday in the downtown area, one at a nightclub on North Walnut Street and another in an alleyway two blocks away. 

Nightclub shooting:

Police told 13News the first shooting happened on the lower level inside the Kalao Night Club in the 300 block of North Walnut Street around 1:10 a.m. Saturday. Multiple rounds were fired inside the rear bar area and three men were shot, one in his pelvis and the other two in their thighs.

The men shot in the nightclub were described as 41, 26 and 22 years old. Police said they were located outside the club on the street, but investigators determined they were shot inside the club.

In an update Saturday afternoon, police said they had reviewed video surveillance from inside the nightclub that showed them exactly what led to the gunfire.

Police said the video showed the suspect and one of the people who were shot, the 41-year-old man, fighting prior to the shooting. That's when the suspect pulled out a gun and fired multiple times into what police described as a "very crowded bar area." The suspect then ran out of the club and got away before officers arrived. 

Police initially thought there may have been more than one shooter, but later said investigators believe there was just one shooter in the nightclub. 

The three people who were shot were taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital for treatment. The 41-year-old and 26-year-old are in stable condition. The 22-year-old was treated and released from the hospital, police said.

On May 2, police announced they had arrested 27-year-old Keiantrea Washington for the shooting inside Kalao.

Alley shooting

After receiving a call about a person shot in a parking lot near Sixth and Lincoln streets around 1:30 a.m., officers found the male victim in the passenger seat of a vehicle. He had been shot in the abdomen and was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Police believe the shooting took place in an alleyway southeast of Kalao, between Kirkwood Avenue and 6th Street.

The 26-year-old man's identity was not shared by police.

By late Saturday afternoon, police said little has been learned about the second shooting. Investigators are still searching for witnesses and attempting to review surveillance footage from nearby cameras. 

Investigators have not determined whether the shootings at the club and the shooting in the nearby alley were related.

Suspects not in custody

Police initially said suspects were taken into custody but in a Saturday afternoon update, police said those suspects — three men arrested after a police chase — were not actually involved in either shooting and no suspects have been arrested for either shooting. 

This mishap began at around 2:30 a.m., when IUPD said they were tipped off about a vehicle driving around Briscoe Residence Center shouting the caller's name and the caller thought the car might have been connected to the earlier shootings. 

IUPD said police tracked down the car because they thought there was a "high probability" it was involved in the earlier shootings. 

They ended up finding the car and chased it before it crashed in a parking lot south of the Wells Library. The three men got out of the car and ran away. 

IU Emergency Management tweeted at 2:43 a.m. that there was a "dangerous situation" near Arboretum/10th and Eagleson, urging people to avoid the area. 

Police ran after the men and took one into custody. They also recovered a gun that the suspect threw as he was feeling. About 15 minutes after the crash, a second man was arrested. IUPD said he tried to get rid of a gun but officers recovered it. 

At 3:48 a.m., IUEMC said university police had suspects in custody, but was still pursuing another suspect on campus and those on campus should remain sheltered in place. 

Around 4:15 a.m., IUEMC said the threat was no longer imminent, but the investigation was ongoing. The tweet asked those in the area to remain vigilant, but that sheltering in place was no longer requested.

In IUPD's latest update, the department said officers are still looking for the third man and a third gun was found in the suspect's vehicle. Neither of the suspects who were arrested are affiliated with IU.

However, after speaking with Bloomington Police, IUPD said investigators don't believe the vehicle or the three men were involved in either of the downtown shootings.

Anyone with information about the Kalao shooting is asked to contact Detective Jeff Rodgers at 812-349-3318.

Anyone with information about the alleyway shooting is asked to contact Detective Jon Muscato at 812-349-3325.

This story will be updated as more details are confirmed.


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