Gunshots fired outside local club

Sunday, July 4, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 1:03 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Two men were taken to University Hospital with serious head injuries after an altercation early Saturday outside Lou’s Palace on Walnut Street.

Police overheard three gunshots, but neither of the men injured suffered gunshot wounds, police said. The men, 22 and 25, were from Fulton and St. Louis.

One victim told police he was confronted by two men who were angry because he had danced with a particular woman in the club.

He was knocked to the ground and then heard gunshots. A nearby vehicle was struck by one of the fired rounds, and two .25 caliber casings were recovered near one of the victims, police said.

Police were searching for two black males in their 20s. One is 6 feet tall, weighs 200 pounds, and has long, braided hair. The other is 5 feet 11 inches tall, heavy-set and bald with tattoos on his forearms.

One of the injured men suffered a fractured jaw; both were last reported to be in stable condition. The investigation continues.

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