Police issued a warrant for a suspect in an early-morning strip club shooting in South Philadelphia Thursday.
Kyle Carter, 25, allegedly shot a 26-year-old patron of Club Onyx on the 2900 block of South Columbus Boulevard in the neck on the establishment’s front steps around 2:11 a.m.
The victim was involved in an argument with a security guard earlier in the evening that resumed as the club was letting out.
As the man continued to argue with the security guard, Carter allegedly arrived and became involved in the dispute. He was armed with a black handgun, according to investigators. Police said he pointed the gun at the victim and told him he had five seconds to get off the steps.
After what police described as a “short countdown,” Carter allegedly fired one shot, hitting the victim. He then fled southbound on South Columbus Boulevard in a white or silver SUV.
The victim was rushed to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
Initial reports indicated that the Carter was a regular patron and that police were interviewing about 20 male and female employees who were inside when the shots rang out. He is wanted for aggravated assault.
This is not the first time there has been violence at the spot. In December 2010, two were shot in the club’s rear parking lot after they exchanged words with another group of men. They were both hospitalized in stable condition. In July of the same year, a man was shot in the neck during an attempted robbery outside. He also survived.
Both of those incidents occurred just after 2 a.m.