New Brunswick

Shooting of 2 men outside Dieppe strip club caught on security camera

Police don't believe the public is at risk after someone shot two men outside a Dieppe strip club early Wednesday, then left the scene.

2 men taken to hospital after being shot in parking lot outside Angie's Show Palace

People clean up the area outside Angie's Show Palace in Dieppe, where two men were shot earlier Wednesday morning. (Michèle Brideau/Radio-Canada)

Police say they don't believe the public is at risk after someone shot two men outside a Dieppe strip club early Wednesday, then left the scene. 

A strip-club security camera captured the shooting, which happened just after 2 a.m. in a parking lot outside Angie's Show Palace on Champlain Street, sending the two men to hospital. 

"It just shows the guy coming around the corner and talking to these guys for a few seconds," club owner Rudy Gillespie said of the video. 

"All of a sudden, [he] pulls the trigger and bang, bang bang."

Gillespie told Radio-Canada that police have also studied the security footage.

Sgt. Mathieu Roy of the Codiac Regional RCMP said the two men who were shot are being treated in hospital but he would not say their conditions. 

The nightclub was cordoned off by police, but the yellow tape has since been removed. (Michèle Brideau/Radio-Canada)

The shooter left the scene after firing the shots, not long after the strip club's closing time.

But police doubt the shooting was a random act and, based on the investigation so far, it was not tied to organized crime, said Cpl. Jullie Rogers-Marsh, a spokesperson for the RCMP. 

"This is a very serious incident and our investigators are working diligently to determine who is responsible," she said.

Early in the day, patches of blood could be seen smeared on the ground just outside the building.   

Police are investigating a shooting that took place outside Angie's Show Palace in Dieppe early Wednesday morning. 1:00

After reviewing the club's security footage, Gillespie said he was certain the shooter hadn't come inside the building beforehand. 

The shooting appeared to be an isolated incident, Gillespie said.

"It was a mission more or less."

Officers carry a gun in a plastic bag outside the Dieppe nightclub. (Pierre Fournier/CBC)

When he heard about the shooting, Gillespie said, his first concern was whether his staff and customers were OK. 

No one else was injured in the shooting.

Gillespie said he spent Wednesday morning cleaning up bloodstains from the pavement outside the building.

He said nothing like this has ever happened outside his business, which he said would be open again Wednesday night.  

Rudy Gillespie is the owner of Angie's. He said the nightclub was already closed when the shooting occurred. (Radio-Canada)

Ashley Short, who lives next door to Angie's, said she had never heard a gunshot before, and she thought a  vehicle had crashed into something.

Once she realized the sounds she heard were gunshots, she was in shock.  

"When I realized what it was I was scared because obviously, I've got kids in the home with me," she said.

Ashley Short moved in next door to Angie's Show Palace at the end of September. Shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday, she heard gunshots outside the nightclub. (Michèle Brideau/Radio-Canada)

"I didn't know what to think, really. I was frightened."

Short just moved to the area at the end of September. 

"I hope they find out whoever did this," she said. 

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Elizabeth Fraser

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Elizabeth Fraser is a reporter/editor with CBC New Brunswick based in Fredericton. She's originally from Manitoba. Story tip? elizabeth.fraser@cbc.ca

With files from Radio-Canada, Kate Letterick