Delilah’s club in full swing as police seek answers in shooting

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The neon lights were aglow and the dancers were gyrating on the stage at Delilah’s gentlemen’s club in Old City at noon Tuesday, less than 24 hours after an attempted shooting in the parking lot.

Police were still trying to determine whether the gunfire, which twice struck a woman’s truck as she entered it, came from the fifth-floor window of an apartment building under construction across the street.

Capt. Sekou Kinebrew, police spokesman, said authorities also were investigating whether the woman, who escaped injury, was the intended target. He declined to say whether that woman had any connection to Delilah’s.

“We’re not sure if the shots emanated from the vacant building,” Kinebrew said. “We’re not sure that the person who was most proximate to that car was the intended target.”

Shortly after 6 p.m. Monday, police received calls from the woman and from construction workers inside the apartment building who reported hearing gunfire.

Responding officers swarmed the area and shut down several ramps to I-95 as they searched for the gunman.

During a search of the apartment building under construction across the street on the 100 block of Spring Garden Street, police found “strike marks” on a fifth-floor window that faces the club’s parking lot, Kinebrew said. Given that the building is under construction, the strike marks could have come from any number of instruments, but police were working to determine if they are bullet marks, he said. 

No bullet holes or casings were found in the building.

The plaza where Delilah’s is located also houses an Enterprise Rent-A-Car and two bars, although it was unclear if the drinking establishments are open for business. Police were culling surveillance video from the businesses, and investigators were analyzing the path of the bullet, Kinebrew said.

Police had no indication that anything that happened inside Delilah’s on Monday led to gunfire in the parking lot, Kinebrew said.

Requests for comment from the owner of Delilah’s were not immediately returned.

Staff writer Michael Boren contributed to this report.

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