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Two men arrested in connection with Sunday morning shooting

May 20, 2013, 1:12 p.m. Updated May 21, 2013, 1:12 p.m.

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Two men have been arrested in connection with a Sunday morning shooting that left two Topeka men in critical condition.

Monday night, Lawrence police detectives arrested Erick Shakeel Smith, 20, of Topeka, on suspicion of two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Steven Michael Gigger, 29, of Topeka, was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery in connection to the shooting in the 800 block of Greever Terrace.

Both men were arrested in Shawnee County and booked into Douglas County Jail, where they remained Tuesday with bond not yet set. Before Smith was arrested Monday, he had been free on a $20,000 bond after a January arrest in Topeka on suspicion of aggravated battery, according to court records.

The shooting left Tommy D. Andrews, 33, and Michael A. Holford, 27, in critical condition.

Andrews was taken to Kansas University Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., while Holford was taken to Overland Park Regional Medical Center. A condition report for Andrews was not available, but Holford was reported to be in critical but stable condition on Sunday afternoon. The hospitals did not provide updates on the men's conditions on Monday afternoon.

The shooting

When the incident began Sunday morning, officers came into contact with one shooting victim near the bar Club Magic, 804 West 24th St., after responding to reports of a person brandishing a gun inside the bar. As officers arrived at the club, they heard multiple gunshots going off a few blocks to the north.

Several 911 callers reported gunshots in the 800 block of Greever Terrace, which is about three blocks north of Club Magic and where both men reportedly were shot. Officers found several people on scene, including one of the victims.

Moments later, a vehicle driven by the second gunshot victim crashed into a police patrol car in the 23rd Street McDonald’s parking lot adjacent to Club Magic, as he attempted to return to the bar for help.

A 22-year-old Topeka man was arrested for displaying a firearm in the bar during the initial disturbance and interfering with duties of police, but Trent McKinley, Lawrence Police spokesman, said it was not clear whether that man had any connection to the shootings.

That incident was the latest of several recent gun-related disturbances at the club.

In March 2012, a 30-year-old Lawrence man was wounded in a shooting at the address, when the building was known as the Taste Lounge, Bar and Grill.

Club management responds

However, Sean Hall, general manager of Club Magic, said those incidents occurred before the current owners took control of the property in May 2012. And he said it's not clear that the shooting, which occurred blocks away, was connected to Club Magic.

Hall said the club's professional security staff disarmed the 22-year-old Topeka man who displayed a gun inside the bar Sunday morning, and he doesn't know if either the victims or the attackers in the shooting had attended the club.

The first Hall learned of the shooting, he said, was when he saw a gunshot victim arrive in a nearby parking lot.

"It's tragic," Hall said. "You see that kind of thing in the movies, but not in real time." Hall said he is as alarmed as everyone else about the violence on Sunday morning, and is inviting the police and the public to an open meeting at the club at 7 p.m. Friday.

Hall knows the club has a history, he said, and he wants to find solutions to let the business break with that past and be a good neighbor.

"I hate to see this happening," he said. "We have to find our niche, but this is definitely not it."

Anyone with information about the shooting on Sunday is asked to contact the Lawrence Police Department at (785) 832-7509 or Crime Stoppers at (785) 843-TIPS (8477). Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous, and anyone with information leading to an arrest is eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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Comments

reality_check79 11 months ago

Every response the person representing Magic posts is passing the blame and posting blogs about an apartment shooting years ago... I know that's all he could find but i fail to see the relevance of an apartment shooting and two separate gun incidents at Magic since Feb of this year! Also those two incidents both involved suspects from Topeka... It doesn't take a masters to connect the dots and see that this bar invites trouble, has refused to change even after the numerous issues Taste had, and to call out other bars is irresponsible when you consider that those bars don't have customers shooting each other, felons with firearms in the parking lot (referring to the incident earlier this year), or the history Taste and Magic have built in a very short amount of time... This is a safety issue! This is not a race issue! Bars are responsible for the actions of patrons both inside and out of the establishment, bars can be held responsible for over-serving someone and the actions of that person after they leave, and this bar has known of multiple issues before opening and after they opened and have ignored the issues until now... The representative for Magic who is posting has passed blame, "would discuss being only 21+", but so far is ignoring the fact that the bar has already proven its unwillingness to change...

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Tony Gaines 11 months ago

Here we go with the "holier than thou LJworld board" blaming all violence that takes place in Lawrence, on Topeka, Kansas City, and Hip-Hop music. This is like a bad B-movie; predictably scripted. I was born and raised in this community and it's been the same thing over and over for years. Any club that caters to Hip-Hop or let's just be honest black people is considered a menace to the community; virtually before they even open. I find it funny though how no one has mentioned the shootings at Brothers, or the Granada, or the Hawk (or whatever bar that was on campus.) It seems when such things happen at these "regular" clubs, the violence is the exception, not the rule. This is a violent world, with violent people, who do violent things, deal with it. Magic has been opened for a little over a year and this is the first incident of this nature that has occurred not at, but "near" their establishment; and the Lawrencians are calling for blood. What about the other 360 plus days the club has been operating violence free? How are they suppose to account for every idiot that comes through the door? Now let's be clear, the victims were "said" to be patrons of Magic and were not on the grounds when said incident occurred, period. All the speculating in the world doesn't change the fact that the incident occurred elsewhere. Drunk driving and underage drinking to name a couple of examples are way more vital issues to this community than Club Magic. Where's the witch-hunt for Bullwinkles, the Hawk, or any of the bars that cater to the underage students? We ALL know about these places that willingly serve underage kids alcohol. So, you guys can attack me for my grammar, spelling, punctuation or whatever other minute thing you choose to use to deflect from what I'm saying; that's fine. But, like the good book says, before you worry about taking the thorn out of my eye, get the thorn out of yours. This attitude that you guys so openly display on this message board is white privilege at it's finest. Do any of you realize that? I'm not trying to turn this into a race issue, but as an African-american member of the Lawrence Hip-Hop community for my entire life, that is how it comes off. It's like we don't the right to entertainment unless it's under your conditions. The only way this issue of violence at so-called Hip-Hop clubs will ever change for the better is, open and honest dialogue. Which is nearly impossible on this forum with all the, speculating, patronizing, and condescending remarks. Hat's off to you "P" and Club Magic, for attempting to provide a place and time for these discussions to take place. That's being about it, not just speaking about it. Good luck though, getting any of these "holier than thou" community members to attend. I'm not hiding behind a moniker, or some anonymous handle either, this is Tony "Gaines" Wisdom. If you see me out and about, I am always open for a healthy debate.

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5thStPhoggers 11 months ago

Have to agree. Nothing good has ever come out of that location and, despite your best efforts at PR and community input, nothing will as long as guns and alcohol are involved. A gun passed through an outside smoking area? Sounds like a fairly significant security breach.

"It's pathetic that we are asked to be responsible for the actions of people four to six blocks away from the club." What is the area of your responsibility? Would it include MacDonald's, where one of the shooting victims drove through to return to the club for help? Fortunately, he hit a police car and not someone else. It seems that your area of responsibility would extend as far as the effect of your patrons' actions. Blocking driveways, alcohol in vehicles in the parking lot, public urination, etc. Granted, these people are the ones who are ultimately responsible, but that does not free your establishment of responsibility for their comings and goings. If this behavior continues at your location, as it has in the past, then you will close. The name and ownership may change but the behavior stays the same. That's a bad business model.

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bigpfromlv 11 months ago

We will not be closing that's not the answer.

We will llook into not allowing 18yr olds in our facility.

We will look into closing our doors at 2am. Excellent suggestions.

I really wish the people that like to post would take the time to attend our meeting it could only be beneficial for all involved.

We have NEVER had a shooting nor a stabing in our facility or on our property.

Fights all bars/clubs have them

http://groucho-karl-marx.blogspot.com/2010/08/sunday-morning-shooting-in-lawrence-ks.html?m=1

Thank you gor you input.

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markoo 11 months ago

bigpfromlv -

I believe somebodynew gave some excellent suggestions, and I only want to emphasize a few points. I used to live nearby to that club location over the years, and I can tell you nothing good has ever come out of that place. Unfortunately, the reputation of that building and location preceeds you, and the current state of affairs under YOUR watch does not help your case at all.

You and the owner have direct control of the environment that you bring to that bar. The suggestions of making it a 21 bar only plus closing directly at 2 AM are spot on - nothing good happens at bars beyond this time unless you're holding a late night AA meeting or Bible study. Hell, unfortunately we've all seen many bad scenes occurring in this town at bars before 2 AM, so it only follows how a bunch of drunk teenagers (yes, it happens to those under 21 and only a naive person would think otherwise) and testosterone-driven early 20-somethings beyond 2 AM will bring trouble.

And I'm sorry, but I'm not stupid enough to believe you're not well aware of this.

I respect the fact that you're trying to make a living and feed your household, but my respect has limitations as to how you and the owner are doing it. And no, it's not helping our community in any way, and quite honestly given the current environment and circumstances that you are allowing at that bar, I really don't see how you guys are going to help our community with that place in any manner. So please, I really wish you'd stop pretending that you are here for our community - that would be laughable if it wouldn't be so tragic with the violence you are catalyzing here.

So shut the place down at 2 AM, no exceptions. Make it a 21 and up bar, no exceptions. Strictly enforce these two points with no exceptions. And if you continue to bring trouble into our community (yes, you and the owner) after that, chances are there will be little you can truly do at that location. It's never been a good location, and as I've stated previously, unfortunately you are no different with these current state of affairs.

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nike1608 11 months ago

If they are from Topeka, don't let them in! Problem solved. Also, staying open past 2am is just asking for problems. I've lived in Lawrence my entire life. I go out to the bars maybe 2-3 times a month. I know better than to go to Magic. I haven't been since it was Taste, but I know what's there. I just told a friend last weekend "I'm not going to Magic - I don't want to get shot." Then there's a shooting the same night. We know what type of bar you run...if you want to avoid problems in the future - play country music! People that listen to country don't carry pistols - they may have their hunting rifles in their cars - but I bet they won't pull them out and try to shoot people. But for real, I listen to rap/hip hop and would probably really enjoy your club - but my safety comes first and bottom line is - I wouldn't feel safe at your establishment. My life is more important.
1. Block the patio off with some time of barrier so that NOTHING can be passed through 2. 21 and up 3. metal detectors for everyone - and search females purses 4. Not joking about the Topekans - they bring nothing but trouble and have no regard for other peoples' lives 5. Close at 2am 6. Have armed security guards - and make sure everyone knows they are armed! 7. Have police in the parking lot at closing time (not sure how this would work - but they end up there anyways - so if they are there right at 1:45am it might help prevent violence in the parking lot) That's my advice. Hope things work out for you and your club!

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reality_check79 11 months ago

Suggestions... Lol, that's funny... The state will be shutting this place down at this point! Multiple shootings, stabbings, fights, and you are just now are asking for suggestions?? Talk about lack accountability! If you cared about the staff, patrons, or the laws of both city and state you would of made changes after the first sign of trouble! How many other bars in Lawrence have issues like your bar does? ZERO!!! 18 year old kids have no business being in a bar(especially one that does not attract students) with adults drinking! It has always caused issues! You ignored those issues! You failed to implement a strict dress code that promotes keeping the trash out of the bar! Congrats on getting people outside at 2 AM however, your still responsible for them when they shoot, stab, and fight each other in your parking lot! Again, a complete failure at this bar! You asked for suggestions so here is a bit of advice.... Close the bar, burn down the building, and move on! Your lack of control up to this point is proof enough that you have no idea what your doing!

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Steven Gaudreau 11 months ago

Bluefirebird has it right. Places like this need to exist to keep like minded people in a concentrated area. If Magic closed, the individuals who frequent Magic will not stay home but spread the like minded behavior into other businesses who do not cater to the Magics crowd mind set.

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somebodynew 11 months ago

bigpfromlv -

If you truly want some suggestions, here are a couple to start with: 1. Stop with the 18 and up. Drinking age is 21 and you are opening yourself up to violations very easily that way, no matter what your intentions are. 2. Closing time is 2:00. Start closing then. A lot of people do not hang around just for food. You may not serve alcohol, but I bet people are drinking it. If they are smart enough to sneak in a gun they can sneak a drink. 3. Don't try to defend yourself on this forum. No good ever comes of that. 4. Please don't use the lame excuse (the standard line of ALL bars is Lawrence) - We can't control people outside - we don't know if they were even here, etc. There is no other reason for these people to be in that area at that time of the day (not many church services going on). We all know you cannot control people's behavior (even inside), but your club is WHY they are there. Own up to it and try to change the atmosphere of the club, so that these people don't want to come there. Otherwise - SH___U.

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bigpfromlv 11 months ago

Missingit We can only assume how the man entered the club with the weapon. We provide a smoking area on our patio. We believe that the weapon may have been passed thru the gate but have no way of knowing for sure. Our club is open to 18 and up, the last call for alcohol is 1:45am and all alcohol beverages are removed from bar placed in secure storage and patrons are instructed to dispose of any alcoholic beverage promptly at 2:00am. I have no idea what he the driver that was shot blocks away was thinking but it apparently saved his life. I've bever seen so much blood. Thank you for your questions, I appreciate the opportunity to tell our side of events.

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Missingit 11 months ago

How did the gun get into the club originally? Next, a club can be held some what responsible as clubs standardly just kick people outside and make the problems inside the club everyone elses problem. If i am wrong please let me know. next what is a 20 year old doing in the club or is your establishment now a diner after 2 A.M?. At least oneof the men hurt was from inside the club or in it's general vicinity,why would he go back unless he knew multiple people were there to help. These are just a few of the beginning questions.

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mikekt 11 months ago

Well,...so much for concealed carry,...... in the idiot patch !

Nothing concealed here !

Gee,.....free food and beverages.......maybe they should invite the Ks House, Senate and Brownie.....or how about the head of the NRA ?

Could we could put them all in patrol cars at McDonald's ?

Be interested to know of the guns origins ? Stolen from a careless Kansas legal gun owner and resold to a shooter ? Bought legally at a no check Kansas gun show by a shooter ? Hummmm ?

Maybe it was made out of state by Commies and smuggled (?) across the Ks boarders by illegal aliens from outer space !

Were their any off duty federal officers working security at the club ? After all, they could be arrested for disarming a shooter in Kansas ( isn't it against a federal law, in general, to shoot other people in an attempted murder in the USA ? )

Kansas......welcome to the patch !

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bluefirebird 11 months ago

I actually like having this place around. If you go to that bar you know what you are getting yourself into and it keeps these people away from the rest of us. Just don't go there and let the Topekans shoot each other.

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bigpfromlv 11 months ago

Im glad the shooting victims are going to be ok or at least the one they released information on. I actually work for the club as the General Manager, so my opinion may be conceived as bias. I want to first thank the fast actions of our security staff that initially unarmed the person with the weapon. Our contracted security reported to the Lawrence Police that the weapon had been confiscated. Thanks to their fast actions I can only imagine how many lives were saved. Police were called to obtain the said weapon. People breaking the law with this kind of behavior is unacceptable, and any guest that impedes our rules and regulations set forth by the State of Kansas and the City of Lawrence will be dealt with swiftly and in accordance to the law. This kind of behavior has no benefit to our business nor our community. A.B.C. has been to the club several times and has no reason to fear our facility. We have a full service kitchen and we serve food after hours. Hence the late night activities. We also have no affiliation with former owners or night clubs such as "Club Taste" since it was mentioned in this article. This includes any persons who had rented the building as we have prior to May of 2012. It's sad that ignorance rains supreme over good judgment, in regards to the person or persons responsible for the tragic shooting. It's pathetic that we are asked to be responsible for the actions of people four to six blocks away from the club. What about the gas stations that sold them the gas? The toll booths?  Lets not forget the gun manufacturers? We cant even say for sure that the persons involved in this heinous crime were actually at the club, but either way we feel that we cant be held with the responsibility of their actions. We are in agreeance that we don't like nor will we entertain the thought of hosting said events in the future. We have one more event of that type on our books and will be turning to Lawrence PD for answers to better serve our community.  I was astonished to see the victims vehicle crashed into the police car. My initial reaction was to be upset that this would reflect on the club, but if it wasn't for the fast actions of Lawrence PD and one of our guests, a registered nurse and combat medic this man may have never made it to the hospital. In my book these people are hero's along with my security staff. We are constantly reaching out to the community to be a better part of Lawrence. I've also reached out to the author of this artical, to bring some clarification to this unfortunate chain of events, to no avail. We are holding a community meeting Friday May 24th at 7pm. You have the address from it being broadcasted several times in conection with this tragic event. Free food and beverages will be provided. We will continue to strive to become a pilar of the community, but we cant exceed your expectations without community involvement.

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greywolf85203 11 months ago

This place needs closed. I live in the area and I can't get out of my driveway to go to work because people park on the streets blocking driveways. It needs closed and some store to go in. I night club doesn't belong that close to residential homes especially with the number of children that live in the area!

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Mollie New Leaf 11 months ago

I would honestly like to see a chart that shows where criminals who commit crimes in Lawrence are from, see if our anti-Topeka bias is founded in fact or not.

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Clark Coan 11 months ago

Sounds like a Topeka gangsta dissed another gangsta. Wish they'd stay in T-town.

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somebodynew 11 months ago

I am wondering just why someone (multiple someones) were in the bar at 3:40 in the morning.? I know it has been awhile since I have been to any, but last I knew the law was closing time was 2:00.

Seems to me, LPD needs to start checking bars AFTER closing time. I know this isn't the only one it town that operates this way (the other one just doesn't have shootings to attack attention).

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GUMnNUTS 11 months ago

I wonder if Alcohol Beverage Control is to afraid to enter this club and find out how many minors are being served.

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someone8 11 months ago

Where are the weekly arrest logs?

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Bud Stagg 11 months ago

Typical cycle of a Lawrence nightclub. Club opens, does well. Drugs and bad clientelle start to move in and scare the people away and finally someone gets shot and the nightclub closes.

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