An unidentified man was shot early today behind the Celebrity Hall go-go club, which was the scene of a fatal stabbing last month, but police said there was no concert at the club and that the shooting appeared to stem from a failed drug deal.
The victim, whose shooting was reported to police at 1:17 a.m., was taken to the Washington Hospital Center, where he was treated for gunshot wounds to his back and shoulder. The victim, described by police as 34, was conscious, a hospital official said.
Police said the shooting occurred behind the club, in the 3400 block of Georgia Avenue NW, and that the victim was running from his assailant when he was shot.
In contrast to other violent incidents that have plunged Celebrity Hall into a storm of controversy this year, there were no concerts and no crowds at the time of the shooting.
On Oct. 25, 17-year-old Wendell Heard of Northwest was fatally stabbed outside Celebrity Hall, in what police described as an argument over a girlfriend.
The stabbing, the latest in a series of violent incidents near go-go halls, deepened neighborhood anger over Celebrity Hall and further fueled a move, led by D.C. Council member Frank Smith Jr. (D-Ward 1), to impose earlier closing hours at city go-go clubs.
In April, 11 people were shot outside the Acacia Masonic Temple in Northwest as go-go patrons left a dance there. A month later, four youths were shot outside the Panorama Room in Anacostia as the were leaving the dance hall. None of the shooting victims died.
The owner of Celebrity Hall, Andrew Richeson, has defended his establishment, saying it has kept young people off the streets and that it is not responsible for problems of drugs and violence in surrounding neighborhoods.