GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A teenager is shot after leaving a Gulfport nightclub, and the club's owners are speaking out. Early Sunday morning, a recent high school graduate was shot in the parking lot of Kangaroo Express off Highway 49. Police responded to reports of an altercation, but say the young man was just an innocent bystander. Many of those at the scene just left Blue Envy night club which is less than half a mile away.
"The confrontation did not start here. We do have security on the inside. There were no fights on the inside of the club. Anything that happened at the gas station was not pertaining to Blue Envy at all," said Emily Holloway.
Holloway, who is the spokesperson for the Gulfport nightclub, says what happens after people leave is not their concern. Their focus is making sure their patrons are safe once inside the doors.
"We have a very good security team. We have people that patrol the parking lot, the areas around the parking lot. While everyone is here, there's someone here to protect them," said Holloway.
After the Pass Christian Mardi Gras parade shooting, the owner of Blue Envy Night Club held a stop the violence rally for the two men who were shot to death. Days later, they hosted a non-violence march.
"A business that likes to promote non-violence and the things that we do to end the violence in the community. It's kind of a hard impact on us to have our name tied into something that we weren't involved in at all," said Holloway.
Gulfport police are still asking for the public's help to identify the person who fired the shot that struck Samuel Bridges. Anyone with information is asked to call the Gulfport Police Department at (228) 868-5959.