Man charged after 1 killed, 4 hurt in strip club shootout in Fayetteville

The scene at the strip club after the shooting. Photo by Joey McDonald/CBS North Carolina

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Police say a man is now facing charges in a deadly shootout that also injured three others at a Fayetteville strip club early Saturday.

UPDATE: Family, friends mourn Fayetteville dad killed in shootout at adult club

Markeese Dewitt, 23, who was also wounded by gunfire during the incident, is charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, Fayetteville police said late Saturday.

The incident happened shortly before 2 a.m. at Diamondz Gentleman’s Club in the 2800 block of Bragg Boulevard, police said.

Upon arrival, officers initially found four people suffering gunshot wounds. Later, a fifth victim of the shooting was discovered, police said.

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The victims were transported to a nearby hospital, where one died.

Akash R. Talati, 40, of Fayetteville, who owned the Diamondz Gentleman’s Club, was later identified by police as the man who died.

UPDATE: Family, friends mourn Fayetteville dad killed in shootout at adult club

One victim remains in a local hospital in serious condition, another victim remains in a local hospital in fair condition, and two victims have been released from the hospital, according to police.

Talati’s family and friends told CBS North Carolina the shooting happened after a man was kicked out of the club, got mad, grabbed a gun and began shooting. Police later confirmed that sequence of events.

A Diamondz Gentleman’s Club security guard fired back, hitting the suspect five times, Talati’s family said.

Talati was hit by a stray bullet while inside the club, according to his family.

Police have not released the names of the wounded who survived, other than Dewitt, who is charged in the case.

Dewitt, who was hit by several rounds of gunfire, is in critical condition, police said.

UPDATE: Family, friends mourn Fayetteville dad killed in shootout at adult club

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-818-3468 or Crimestoppers at 910-483-TIPS (8477).

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