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Richmond police seek answers in club shooting

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Richmond Police are calling on the public to help them identify who opened fire inside of a Shockoe Bottom night club.

Police have increased their presence in the Bottom, but not everyone is pleased with what officers are doing.

"The Bottom has had some incidents in the past," says Major Scott Booth, which is why Monday morning's early call of shots fired at The Canal Club found police ready to respond. "It was very chaotic. You had club goers running out at the time."

There were also off-duty officers and nearby patrol officers on hand for crowd control.

"We have officers down there riding bikes on those days and times, walking the beat on key days and times so we believe were policing smarter down there," Major Booth said.

But popular DJ Danja Mowf has concerns.

"Some of things that are happening down there, I hate to say it, it's like treating people like animals," said Mowf, who has performed at clubs in the Bottom for 10 years and has noticed the heightened police presence.

"They had police on horseback at one point. They have police that spray water at 2 o'clock…The street cleaner comes through and they spray water on the block, so if you're walking on the block, it helps to get people out the way…Right now what they're doing is a little overkill," Mowf he added.

He believes there should be a police presence but not to the point it turns customers away.

"This is an isolated incident inside a club," he said in reference to Monday's incident.

"We do not want people to think that because of an incident like this, it's not safe to go to the Shockoe Bottom clubs and restaurants, so there is a heightened presence after an incident like this just to have that calming effect," Major Booth said.

No one was hurt during this incident. But, there have been three homicides in the Bottom in the past three years. Richmond Police point out though, there's a 17% reduction in violent crime in that area.

Investigators are trying to identify a suspect. If you know anything about who may have opened fire at the Canal Club Monday morning, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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