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Four shot outside Downtown ABQ nightclub

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Four people were shot outside a Downtown nightclub early Sunday morning, and Albuquerque police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward to help them sort out the events that led to it.

Officer Simon Drobik, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department, said Valley officers responded to a shots-fired call at 2:34 a.m. at a nightclub near Gold and Second.

“Upon arrival they discovered four gunshot victims in the adjacent parking lot,” he said. “The victims were transported and are currently being treated at local hospitals.”

Drobik said a vehicle with visible firearms was sealed.

“Numerous interviews were conducted, but there were conflicting statements and insufficient evidence to make an arrest without additional investigation,” he said.

Drobik said three individuals were taken into custody for questioning. He noted that it is an active case being investigated by Valley impact detectives.

Although police identified the venue as the Lotus Nightclub, the venue reopened in 2018 as Tantra, according to the club’s Facebook page.

Lotus Nightclub was no stranger to violence. In 2014, a 23-year-old was shot and killed shortly after leaving the club. In 2015, a fight that started inside Lotus ended in a shooting blocks away and in 2017 police responded to the club after a man was shot in the leg in an alley nearby, according to court documents.

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