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One dead in shooting outside PT’s nightclub in Centreville

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One person is dead following a shooting at PT’s nightclub in Centreville early Sunday morning.

Mike Ocello, the club’s operator, said that there was an altercation inside the club just before 4 a.m. Employees at the club broke up the fight and the men involved were escorted outside.

In the parking lot of the club, one person started shooting a gun and hit another man, killing him, Ocello said.

The man who died was identified as 24-year-old DeAnthony Walker of Belleville by St. Clair County Coroner Calvin Dye Sr.

“Walker was shot three times by bullets,” Dye said. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital at 4:43 a.m.

Centreville Detective Demarius Thomas said a call came into the police department at about 4:30 a.m. reporting a brawl inside of PT’s. While officers were in route to the club, they learned that shots had been fired, Thomas said.

When officers arrived, they found a black male on the ground. The victim was taken by ambulance to Touchétte Regional Hospital where he later died, Thomas said.

Thomas said police aren’t sure what led to the brawl. Several shell casings were recovered in the parking lot.

“We want people with any information to call Detective Jamal Jackson at the Centreville Police Department,” Thomas said.

Hana Muslic: 618-239-2626, @h_muslic

Reporter Carolyn P. Smith contributed to this report.
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