Police seek help in shooting near Detroit night club

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit police have released video and pictures of a man they say opened fire Sunday night outside a west side nightclub, striking five people.

The video released Wednesday shows the suspect, whom investigators have described as a patron, firing shots into the crowd then fleeing from the scene in a white or gray Chevrolet Astro minivan.

Police say the man in the middle wearing a black shirt is suspected of opening fire outside the Penthouse Lounge.

Police have said an argument between the patron and a 37-year-old female employee of the Penthouse Lounge, on the 8800 block of Livernois near Joy Road, started inside the club then spilled out onto the street. The man then pulled out a gun and started shooting about 11:30 p.m.

The woman was grazed by a bullet and refused medical treatment on the scene. Four men who were hit — one 29 years old, another 52, two others 37 — were transported to a local hospital. None suffered life-threatening injuries, police said Wednesday.

It was unclear if the men shot were club patrons or employees.

Meanwhile, police are continuing to seek the suspect. He is described as African-American, 25-28 years old, 6 feet tall, weighing around 240 pounds, with a medium complexion, short Afro and scraggly beard. The man was last seen wearing all black.

Detroit police are asking anyone with information on the shooting to call (313) 596-5240. Those preferring anonymity can call in a tip to Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP or use the DPD Connect app.

Staff Writer Mark Hicks contributed.