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More questions than answers remain following a police shooting during the early morning hours Tuesday at an east side strip club.
Detroit Police responded to a break-and-enter call at the 007 Gentleman’s Club on E.Outer Drive north of 7-Mile Road where officers discovered an open door. Once inside, they were fired upon, and they fired back, striking a man.
Then man was taken to a local hospital with what was described as non-life threatening injuries. None of the officers were hit, according to Commander Paul Wells of the Criminal Investigations Division.
But a manager at the club, Eric Fowler said the man who was hit was an employee who was standing guard at the time, but was asleep when police arrived.
“He didn’t do anything wrong…he was a well respected member of the community,” Fowler said, identifying the man as Kareem Hall, who had worked at the club for 15 years.
Fowler said he had learned Hall had been shot in the hand.
Fowler also insisted there was no open door at the building. Another employee said they check and re-check “3-5 times” when they lock up for the night.
A security alarm system was supposed to be activated Wednesday. That same employee said they have someone stay overnight at the bar being they have had break-and-enters even with a security system in place.
Fowler would not elaborate further on the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
Wells could not confirm the identity of the man who was shot was a club employee. He said members of the homicide squad and internal affairs would continue to investigate before turning their findings over for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office for a review.
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