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Gunman Opens Fire In Nightclub, Wounds Two Before Being Shot

February 19, 1987

DALLAS (AP) _ A man who had been bounced from a fashionable country-western nightclub for swearing at the bartender returned with a gun and opened fire, wounding two people, police said.

The man was shot while trying to flee the club and was caught about two miles away when he crashed his automobile, police said.

He was reported in critical condition at Presbyterian Hospital following surgery for a gunshot wound.

The two victims were in serious but stable condition at Baylor Medical Center, said nursing supervisor Bill Courtney. One had been shot in the chest and head, and the other was wounded in the chest, Marshall said.

According to police investigator Donald R. Marshall, the shootout at the Belle Starr nightclub came late Wednesday after the man ″got drunk and got to cussing one of the female bartenders.″

He said the suspect was ″hustled out the door″ by a bouncer after ignoring requests to stop being abusive.

About five minutes later, the man returned with a shotgun and a handgun. He shot the bouncer and a former club employee, Marshall said.

″A couple of people from Tucson, Ariz., thought it was a staged deal,″ Marshall said. ″So they stood there and watched him walk out the door.″

Other patrons and workers hit the floor when the gunfire broke out.

Marshall said a club employee shot the gunman with a .38-caliber handgun while the suspect argued with a man at the club entrance. Freddie Gray, an attendant at a service station near the club, said he saw a half-zoen people chasing a man, but the man got away.

Police Sgt. Roger Houston said the club ″is a quiet place.″

″We seldom have any calls out there or anything,″ Houston said.

On June 29, 1984, six people were shot to death in Ianni’s Restaurant and Club, a swank north Dallas nightspot. In that shooting, police said, the gunman became angry when a woman refused to dance with him.

Abdelkrim Belachheb was sentenced to six consecutive life terms for the slayings, the worst mass murder case in Dallas history.