2 Men Killed, 2 Injured In Mesa Nightclub Shooting


Mesa police say three people have been detained after a shooting that left two men dead outside a nightclub early Sunday morning.

It all started around 2:20 a.m. as officers responded to a shooting at the Lounge Soho near Southern Avenue and Longmore. As police showed up, they saw someone speeding off from the nightclub. Officers then started a pursuit which ended after six miles at Southern and Hardy Drive. That’s where they detained three people. Police say two men were found lying in the nightclub’s parking lot. Sgt. Chuck Trapani says they were pronounced dead at the scene, and detectives are working on identifying them. Police also said two other people, including a security guard, were taken to the hospital but are expected to be okay.

Detectives are still working to piece together what led up to the shooting. Video from the scene showed much of the plaza blocked off with crime scene tape. Officers say they found a handgun close to the nightclub as they retraced the path of the vehicle pursuit.

Sunday’s shooting comes just 24 hours after a shooting at a north Phoenix strip mall left a 14-year-old girl dead and eight others seriously hurt. Less than a mile away from that shooting, a teenage boy was shot and killed outside his home. Detectives ask anyone with information, including those who might have heard or seen something, to come forward and help police.