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Shots fired outside Fat Tuesday on Mill Avenue

The Tempe PD responded to a shooting involving one victim, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries outside of Fat Tuesday on Saturday night


The Mardi Gras-themed bar Fat Tuesday is pictured on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, on Mill Ave. in Tempe, Arizona.

Tempe PD is investigating a report of a shooting outside of Fat Tuesday near 680 S Mill Ave. on Saturday night.

According to Tempe PD, officers arrived on the scene after 1 a.m. and found one male victim with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the shoulder. He was transported to the hospital for treatment shortly after.

"We were inside at first, but we just went out back to get some air," Rishi Oza, a senior studying sports journalism who was at Fat Tuesday during the incident, said in a written statement. "(We) weren’t outside for more than five minutes, and then we heard seven or eight shots go off."

Oza said he and most patrons around him fled the scene immediately after the gunshots, with most exiting through the front and side entrances.

Tempe PD said the shooter became upset after he was denied entry into the club. His frustration resulted in him "discharging a firearm and striking an uninvolved bystander in the shoulder." The shooter ran from the scene but was apprehended and placed under arrest "without incident" soon after.

"We always hear about it all the time, but I’ve never been in those positions, and I never thought I would be," Oza said. "Going out for a birthday party can still be a dangerous situation due to other's incompetence."

The investigation is still active and is ruled as "no threat to the public," according to Tempe PD. 

Editor's Note: This story will be updated as new information becomes available. 

Edited by Shane Brennan, Sadie Buggle and Angelina Steel.

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Walker SmithSports Editor

Walker Smith is a managing editor in the digital department of the State Press. He has previously worked as a reporter and editor on the sports desk and works for Blaze Radio and interned at Big Slate Media in broadcast productions.

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