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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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Bud Stagg 4 years, 10 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.

Claire Williams 4 years, 10 months ago

Typical of this location, you mean. Many other nightclubs in Lawrence that don't end up with shootings.

GUMnNUTS 4 years, 10 months ago

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

somebodynew 4 years, 10 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).

Nikki May 4 years, 10 months ago

I've been wondering the same thing since I read the original story yesterday. Kansas still has 2am closing. Right?

colicole81 4 years, 10 months ago

Most bars close at 2:00 because it is illegal to serve alcohol after that, however a few stay open later under the pretense that they stop serving at 2:00.

Clark Coan 4 years, 10 months ago

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

Shane Garrett 4 years, 10 months ago

It is better they leave T-town as they seem to in up in out of town jails.

elliottaw 4 years, 10 months ago

lol Topeka gangsta's....that is hilarious

greywolf85203 4 years, 10 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!

gatekeeper 4 years, 10 months ago

I moved away from there years ago because of what I was seeing in that neighborhood. Liked my home, but not all the people and activity. I could see this club from my upstairs window and nothing good ever happened there. I did have a good view of many fights though.

bigpfromlv 4 years, 10 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.

Bob Forer 4 years, 10 months ago

Before attempting PR, its a good idea that one knows how to write.

bigpfromlv 4 years, 10 months ago

I'm not trying to defend my writing skills or lack of. I made an honest post with the hopes of hearing from people that would like to make a change. We are in full compliance with the state and will be here. I would rather it be with your input than without.

Nikki May 4 years, 10 months ago

Almost all clubs and bars have security staff. They continue to up that staff when their is any sizable events. If you walk in and there is a cover charge, that person taking your money is security. Most places have bounces. Go to the Bottleneck on a show night, people take your ticket or money, and there are staff around the stage. To say that bars don't have security, maybe you aren't looking.

Eddie Brothers 4 years, 10 months ago

You are right,"ignorance reigns supreme"'This is a college town full of innocent children who are supported at great expense by families seeking a safe environment for their children to seek an education.Why open places that attract others of such a questionable lifestyle?Why is it our community always has to respond or take out the trash of others?This is the same reason we have a problem with so many homeless vagrants.We have built a beautiful community and want to keep it that way.We need help cleaning up other peoples messes and taking out the trash.

Maracas 4 years, 10 months ago

I cannot imagine a nightclub that attracts sketchy clientele could become a pillar of the community. If such a thing were to happen, the community would already be circling the drain.

bigpfromlv 4 years, 10 months ago

It would be nice if all the bad people only hurt bad people, but I don't think that's the case. Come on down Friday and lets make a difference. we could have easily ignored the issue as previous owners. We are really trying to make a difference along with feeding our family's

jhawkinsf 4 years, 10 months ago

You've said a couple of times that you're not affiliated with the previous owners or anyone who leased that space. Yet you continue to have the same problems. Why do you think that is?

bigpfromlv 4 years, 10 months ago

We collect can foods for the salvation army. We have a magic meals program that feeds family's that may be disadvantage. We need better ideas. Come on down and help us become better.

gatekeeper 4 years, 10 months ago

Here's an easy one for you. Metal detectors. You attract thug clients, so make sure they aren't armed BEFORE entering your club. You know the clients you're attracting (from cities other than Lawrence). We unfortunately have to put up with the out of town trash.

Missingit 4 years, 10 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.

bigpfromlv 4 years, 10 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.

somebodynew 4 years, 10 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.

Anthony Mall 4 years, 10 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!

Ashley Woodward 4 years, 10 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!

bigpfromlv 4 years, 10 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

Thank you gor you input.

5thStPhoggers 4 years, 10 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.

Tony Gaines 4 years, 10 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.

Anthony Mall 4 years, 10 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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