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A gun lies on a sidewalk at Greber Boulevard after a shooting at a Gatineau strip club. (CBC)

One man is in critical condition in hospital after he was shot in the chest in an early-morning shooting at a Gatineau strip club.

A police officer who was nearby heard shots fired from inside Cabaret Taboo, a strip club at 92 Greber Boulevard and called for backup.

Five men were then seen leaving the bar, police said.

Police shot and wounded one of them, but he was able to flee with another suspect in a vehicle and remains at large. The extent of his injuries are not known.

Police later confirmed three of the men were arrested and appeared in Gatineau court late Wednesday afternoon on attempted murder charges.

Shakib Egeh, 26, David Munkonda, 27, and Awad Abdalle Hussein, 27, will each be detained until Aug. 23 when they will make their next court appearance.

Greber Blvd. was closed for a short time as police investigate Wednesday morning.