In the latest incident of violence at District go-go halls, gunmen shot and wounded three bouncers, one of them critically, at a Southwest club early yesterday after the security guards had thrown them out of a concert, police said.
The shootings occurred shortly after 4:50 a.m., when the bouncers evicted two or three men from Cheriy's at 21 Atlantic St. SW for rowdiness.
Once outside the club, one of the bouncers was attacked by either those evicted or members of a crowd milling around the entrance, police said.
The bouncers retreated inside the club and were followed by at least two men, who began firing, police said.
One bouncer, 23-year-old Lee Wallace of Silver Spring, was listed in critical condition at Greater Southeast Community Hospital with a gunshot wound to the neck.
Arthur Kay, 31, of Landover was treated at the hospital for a gunshot wound to the left hand and released.
Vould Bowden, 26, of Oxon Hill was treated and released for a gunshot wound to the left leg.
Police had no suspects by yesterday evening, said Officer Quinton Peterson, a police spokesman.
The incident is likely to provide further impetus to an emergency bill that would bar youths under age 17 from public halls after 11:30 p.m. on weeknights and 1 a.m. on weekends.
The D.C. Council last month approved a first reading of a measure to limit youths' attendance, after a teen-age patron was stabbed at another go-go music club, in Northwest.
Tomorrow, the council is expected to take a final vote on an emergency measure, sponsored by council member Frank Smith Jr. (D-Ward 1), that would take effect immediately upon the mayor's signature, said Charles Pearson, a member of the legislative staff of the Committee for Public Safety, which helped draft the dance hall bill. A preliminary vote on a bill to restrict youths' attendance passed.
"Some people are indicating that they would like these clubs closed altogether," said Pearson, who indicated that Smith was not in favor of a total ban on the go-go halls. "This incident bolsters the argument that there is an atmosphere of violence that surrounds these type of clubs."
This year has been marked by a number of violent outbreaks near city go-go clubs, which feature a popular, pulsating hybrid of funk, soul and rap music.
Wendell Heard, 17, was fatally stabbed in the chest on Oct. 25 outside Celebrity, a go-go club at 3401 Georgia Ave. NW.
In April, 11 youths were shot and wounded outside the Acacia Masonic Temple, another Northwest dance hall.