Metal detectors used after shots at club

After the gunshot incident a week ago, management at the nightclub Last Call, 729 N.H., started requiring customers to pass through metal detectors before being admitted Saturday night.

“Let me put it this way: It will be easier to smuggle something into the White House than to get it into here tonight,” the club’s owner, Dennis Steffes, said as he checked out a large walk-through metal detector.

Steffes confirmed the club would implement extra security measures in addition to the walk-through detector, including quadruple the amount of surveillance equipment inside.

Early May 14, about 200 people fled into the street after someone fired several shots inside the club. No one was injured, but police found seven shell casings from a .22-caliber gun inside.

Steffes said his staff was working with police to identify the shooter, and he called it a “matter of time before this thing is figured out” because the incident was captured on a security camera.

Before the club’s new policy, long lines outside the nightclub were common on Saturday evenings as customers waited to pass several bouncers and security guards visible from the outside.