2 dead after night club shooting

Victim - Daunte Phillips (Source: Cincinnati Police)
Victim - Daunte Phillips (Source: Cincinnati Police)
Victim - Marcus Mitchell (Source: Cincinnati Police)
Victim - Marcus Mitchell (Source: Cincinnati Police)

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EAST END, OH (FOX19) - Two people are dead after a double shooting at an East End night club.

It happened just before 3 a.m. at Annie's night club.

Police say officers inside the building heard shots being fired outside in the parking lot. When they came out, they found two men dead.

The victims have been identified as Marcus Mitchell, 21, and Daunte Phillips, 23.

Even though the bar was full of people, police say they are having trouble finding witnesses to come forward.

This is the third shooting in just over a year at the club. Two men were wounded outside the club in June of 2008, and a police officer wounded a suspect who had shot time in the parking lot in November of 2008.

The club's owners had agreed to increase security earlier this year, hiring additional off-duty officers and screening for weapons. Police say the shootings all occurred after Sunday night rap/hip hop concerts that drew large crowds.

Police Capt. Doug Wiesman said the city could go after the club's dance hall and liquor licenses if the problem continues.

A lawyer for Annie's, Tim Burke, said the club's operators were stunned and felt they had been vigilant on security, using pat-downs and metal detectors. He said 1,100 people had been in the club Sunday night.

Burke said the club was cooperating with police and will continue to work with them on security concerns.

Police are looking for a maroon Chevy Tahoe with license plate EJS 4673 that is believed to be involved in the incident.

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 513-352-3040.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.