Police in Philadelphia are hoping that video of a man shooting up a strip club with an AK-47 assault rifle over a DJ’s song selection will lead to his arrest.
Investigators on Wednesday said that 21-year-old Henry Pettigrew was being sought for the May 11th shooting at Purple Orchid Gentleman’s Club.
Police said that bouncers at the club tried to remove him after he became angry because the DJ would not play his favorite song.
Pettigrew and an accomplice then assaulted a customer, who they mistook for one of the bouncers. When the customer ran to the parking lot and tried to flee in his SUV, Pettigrew grabbed an AK-47 and began firing at the vehicle. The customer was hit above his right hip and was expect to recover.
“Fortunately where it hit him, it hit the flesh of his body and it didn’t hit any vital organs,” Philadelphia Police Department spokesperson Lt. Johnny Walker explained, according to WPVI.
The video then showed Pettigrew falling — apparently due to intoxication — as he tried to run back inside the strip club. The suspect fired several rounds in the direction of the DJ. The DJ could be seen ducking for cover as a bullet struck the mirror behind where his head had been.
“Just wildly, obviously with an AK-47 with a banana clip, it can fire multiple rounds at a high rate of speed very quickly,” Walker observed.
Pettigrew was described as a 5’11” tall black male, who weighs about 180 pounds and has a thin beard. His accomplice was also a black male, thought to be between 20 and 25 years old and about 5’10”.
Anyone with information was urged to call Philadelphia Police at 215-686-TIPS (8477). Tips can be sent via SMS text to PPD TIP (773847) or through PhillyPolice.com.
Watch this video from WXVI, broadcast May 22, 2013.
Watch this video from WTFX, broadcast May 22, 2013.