Man shot at Myth night club

Maplewood police have set up a tip line and the Myth nightclub is offering a $5,000 reward for information on the Aug. 1 shooting of a 27-year-old man in the nightclub parking lot after a rap concert attended by 1,500 people.

Police are still searching for the suspect, who fled the scene after shooting the man twice in the abdomen.

The victim, whose name is not being released, was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul for emergency treatment, according to a press release from the police department.

Officers from numerous agencies had already been called to the nightclub to control the crowd after a Lil' Wayne rap concert concluded.

"They were just sensing some tension in the crowd and felt that additional officers may be needed to disperse the crowd," Maplewood Police Chief Dave Thomalla said in an interview on Thursday. The popular night spot opened last fall in a former Just For Feet store north of Maplewood Mall.

Besides the Maplewood police force, the responding agencies included the White Bear Lake, North St. Paul, Woodbury, Oakdale police departments; the Washington and Ramsey County sheriff's departments; Metro Transit police and State Patrol officers, he said.

When there is an event at the Myth nightclub, off-duty Ramsey County sheriff's deputies work there, and a total of 10 were present the night of the shooting, Thomalla said. It was those deputies who requested backup assistance to help keep the crowd under control, he said. Officers in Maplewood do patrol at the Myth when patrons are leaving, but Thomalla said it is not normal procedure to have police called in from neighboring jurisdictions.

Tensions in the parking lot included some physical "scuffles" and there were gang signs being flashed, he said.

Despite having so many the officers on scene, an altercation erupted in the northeast corner of the parking lot and gunshots rang out. Several officers heard the gunfire and went to investigate, but neither the victim nor suspect were at the scene, Thomalla said. The shooting occurred at about 2 a.m.

Shortly afterward, the victim approached officers near the front doors of the club, saying he had been shot in the abdomen.

"There have been fights and there have been assaults, but this by far is the most serious incident that has occurred there," Thomalla said. "It was two shots fired for sure, and there may have been more."

Police are still investigating if the victim, who lives in Crystal, and the suspect knew each other, Thomalla said.

A weapon was not found and police are also investigating if the suspect left the scene on foot or in a vehicle.

There are surveillance tapes of the parking lot that police are using in the investigation.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Maplewood Police Department's special tip line for this case at 651-249-2557.

Staff members at the Myth were not available for comment for this article.

Katy Zillmer can be reached at kzillmer@lillienews.com or at 651-748-7822.

Comment Here