Gastonia, NC – Six people were shot – including two police officers who were working off-duty – at a nightclub in Gastonia on Thursday night.
The incident occurred at about 11 p.m. on Nov. 12 at Remedies Bar on Union Road, the Shelby Star reported.
Social media posts by the nightclub advertised a special event with a DJ and live performers.
Gunfire erupted inside the club during the event and four club patrons and two Gastonia police officers who were working security for Remedies were shot, WSOC reported.
A witness said that when gunshots rang out inside the club, the whole scene became mayhem.
“People were running around, hiding in the bathrooms, those were the types of things going on,” Lamar McCorkle told WSOC. “It’s very frustrating and, like I said before, it’s heartbreaking, and I’m familiar with some of the officers because I work with them. I mean, I don’t work with them, but I’ve stood with them in protests.”
The Gastonia Police Department confirmed that two officers had been wounded in a press release posted to its official Facebook page.
“Two of our officers have been shot in the line of duty,” the police department wrote. “Both are non-life threatening and are expected to recover. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
Police said the four civilians who were wounded also sustained non-life threatening wounds, WSOC reported.
UPDATE: Gastonia Police say this total is now at six people who were shot, including 2 off-duty Gastonia police officers. Two people are now in custody. Latest on @WBTV_News This Morning. https://t.co/saR4Dzc13y
— Mary King (@MaryKingTV) November 13, 2020
The wounded officers, who remained in the hospital as of Friday morning, were identified as Gastonia Police Sergeant E. Nelson and Gastonia Police Officer M. Lewis, the Shelby Star reported.
Officials said that Sgt. Nelson and Officer Lewis were working off-duty and were trying to de-escalate an altercation in the nightclub when they were shot.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the two Gastonia Police Department officers and the citizens who were shot in the incident last night. May God bring comfort and healing to all. #GFD pic.twitter.com/qML74A0EqN
— Gastonia Fire Dept (@GastoniaFire) November 13, 2020
Police arrested two suspects at the scene, WSOC reported.
Alonzo Lewis Hamilton, 30, and Allen Slaughter, 29, have each been charged with six counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon, the Shelby Star reported.
Both suspects were booked into the Gaston County Jail and each was held on a $1 million bond.