Police: 5 people shot outside of Tennessee nightclub

Created: 07/16/2016 11:53 AM

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Five people were injured in a shooting spree early Saturday near a Tennessee nightclub as patrons inside kept dancing to loud music, unaware of the violence outside.

Clarksville police said the shootings occurred shortly before 2 a.m. near the El Punto nightclub. The wounded were taken to a hospital in the town about 50 miles northwest of Nashville. The extent of their injuries was unknown.

Police department spokeswoman Natalie Hall said authorities have no suspects. Police were gathering evidence in a parking lot near the nightclub on Saturday.

The nightclub owner, Jorge Matias, said the shootings happened about an hour before his club closed, but some of his customers were leaving when the gunshots rang out.

Inside the club, people kept dancing to the loud music, he said.

"Nobody heard nothing inside," he said.

Matias said the club's doors were closed as a precaution after he learned of the shootings, but the doors reopened a short time after the gunfire ended.

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