Broward County

Man critically injured after shots fired at Lauderhill strip club

A busy night at a Lauderhill strip club ended with gunfire and one man in critical condition early Saturday morning, police said.

Lauderhill police received a call reporting shots fired around 3:20 a.m. Saturday at Club 54 at 3135 W. Broward Blvd., said Lt. Mike Santiago. As officers were driving to the scene, the dispatcher radioed to say that another call reported the shooting was still ongoing and that the shots had been fired inside the club.

Lauderhill police, joined by Broward sheriff’s deputies and Fort Lauderdale police officers, arrived and entered the building to identify any victims or shooters. Inside, officers found a “packed” house and several patrons with blood on their shirts, though no one at the scene appeared to be injured, Santiago said. Several witnesses said a man had been shot, but that an acquaintance had already taken the victim to the hospital.

Officers later determined that the victim had been admitted to Broward General Hospital, where he remains in critical but stable condition, Santiago said.

Santiago said police are still looking for leads on the shooter or what might have motivated the shooting.

“Because you have loud music and all that other stuff, people didn’t really hear what was going on,” Santiago said. “You can imagine the environment: It’s dark, it’s loud, the place is packed.”

The strip club, which did not respond to calls Saturday, was the scene of another shooting last November in which one person was killed and three others injured.