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Gay Nightclub Worker Shot in San Antonio

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Wednesday December 22, 2021

An employee of a gay nightclub in San Antonio, Texas, was shot after patrons got into a fight on Dec. 15, local NBC affiliate News4 reported.

The fight started shortly after 11:30 p.m. at the Heat, a local gay bar. According to police, the fight started inside the club, at which point those involved were ejected. Outside the club the fracas continued for a time, but then the people involved began to drift away from the scene.

"Police say one group was still standing on the corner of N. Main and Evergreen streets when someone drove up in a car and began shooting," local news station KSAT reported.

The employee in question was bringing a security guard some water, reports said, when he was struck by a bullet. The employee had not been involved in the fight, KSAT detailed.

The guard returned fire as the car sped away, KSAT relayed, adding that authorities "do not know if anyone in the car was hit."

"The victim was taken to University Hospital in critical condition," News4 said.

The bar's owner, Randy Cunniff, disputed the police account that the fight had begun while the people involved were still inside the establishment.

"The sergeant on the scene told us they detained one man and are still trying to determine exactly what role he had in the shooting," News4 said.

Video taken outside the bar showed emergency vehicles. Responders were seen in the footage loading a patient into an ambulance.

To see the video, follow this link.

"The Investigation is ongoing and no other injuries were reported," News4 said.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.