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Archive for Friday, March 16, 2001

Tonganoxie man shot outside downtown Lawrence bar

Injuries not life-threatening, police say

March 16, 2001

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An 18-year-old Tonganoxie man was shot once in the leg early Friday following a fight in the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street, Lawrence Police said.

Jason Smith was taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital shortly before 1 a.m. with a gunshot wound to his left thigh. He was treated and released later Friday morning.

The shooting followed a fight that occurred among Smith and several others on the sidewalk in the 1000 block of Massachusetts Street, police said. Smith and five other Tonganoxie residents had been inside the Granada, a nightclub at 1020 Mass., when a woman in the group became involved in a fight with someone else inside the club.

Bouncers at the Granada removed the woman, who was followed by Smith and the others. Once outside, the group continued to "be disorderly and cause trouble," according to witnesses, Lawrence Police Detective John Lewis said.

The group then became involved in another altercation with a group of three men from Topeka. One of the women from Tonganoxie hit a Topeka man, who then struck her, Lewis said.

A group fight broke out, but within seconds, one of the Topeka men drew a handgun and fired a single shot, hitting Smith in the leg, Lewis said.

Lawrence Police Sgt. Tarik Khatib, who happened to be in his patrol car stopped at a traffic light at 10th and Massachusetts streets, heard the shot and saw Smith hopping north along the sidewalk, Lewis said. Khatib then drove down and assisted Smith. He then called for an ambulance.

Police later found the discarded weapon, a .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic pistol, lying on the sidewalk north of the Granada, Lewis said.

Police said that although the three Topeka men had been inside the Granada earlier that night, they had left about an hour before the Tonganoxie group and weren't involved in the first altercation inside the club.

The suspect, who was an acquaintance of the two other Topeka men, apparently ran off after firing the shot. Police were unable to locate the man, Lewis said.

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