Shooting at Club 81 leaves 1 dead, 2 wounded

Gunfire hit three people, one fatally, in the parking lot of Club 81 at 3 a.m. Saturday in the Village of Tangipahoa.

Chief Jimmy Travis of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office, which is assisting the village police department in the investigation, said Isaac Warren, 21, of Mississippi died on the scene and the other two were taken to area hospitals. 

The sheriff's office was asking the public for help in locating Wayne Brown, Quezmon Roberts and Malik Bailey, all age 23 and from the Village of Tangipahoa as persons of interest in the murder.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers, (800) 654-5245.

Quezmon Roberts and Wayne Brown are also wanted for multiple outstanding warrants, authorities said.

People familiar with Club 81, located on US 51 in northern Tangipahoa Parish, describe it as "the after hours" bar that attracts hundreds from throughout the region, especially between the hours of 3 and 5 a.m., after other bars have closed.

Allegedly, the gunfire early Saturday occurred amidst a large crowd in the parking lot while the security guards were handling another incident on the premises.

Mayor Sheila Martin said she received numerous calls Saturday from village residents concerned about public safety. She said the village does not have a law that sets a closing time for the bar or any business in the village.

Asked if village officials might re-consider establishing a closing time, the mayor said that would be a decision for the board of aldermen.

The board members are Shanita McKnight, Margaret P. Morris and Willis Smith. 

Club 81 issued the following statement on social media:

"Club 81 is shocked and deeply saddened by the senseless violence plaguing our community. At Club 81, we take the safety of our patrons very seriously, employing at least three Tangipahoa Sheriffs Officers in marked units, every time we open our doors-- in addition to the security staff that we employ inside. Though we can't control the weapons that people keep in their cars, it truly speaks to the devaluation of human life when a man is gunned down, literally in the parking lot in front of the police. We hope that you will join us in praying for our community. It is imperative that we remember and demonstrate that in order to truly recognize how much we matter, we must stop the violence. Now. Our thoughts and prayers go to the family of the deceased young man."

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