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Guard Shoots Man Outside Commerce Strip Club

A man who had been asked to leave a Commerce strip club because he was thought to be drunk and unruly was shot and wounded by a security guard he allegedly tried to run down on April 5, authorities said.

The shooting happened around 12:15 a.m. outside Nicola’s, a topless club at 960 S. Gerhart Ave., said Sgt. Mark Renfrow of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station.

“There was somebody who was unruly inside the club,” Renfrow said. “They tried to get him to leave.”

The patron then got into his car and tried to run over a club security guard, but the guard fired at the man’s car, striking him in a leg or buttocks, Renfrow said.

The man was taken to County-USC Medical Center, where he was in stable condition and was expected to survive, Renfrow said.

“It sounds like the guy had too much to drink and didn’t want to leave,” he said, adding that the guard appears to have acted in self-defense and that the patron would be arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon – his car. The shooting was under investigation.