VCSO: Deputies investigating bottle club shooting near Daytona Beach

Bottle club shooting near Daytona Beach / Headline SurferHeadline Surfer graphic / A man is in critical condition in the wake of an early Saturday shooting outside Papi's Bottle Club, located on North Nova Road near Daytona Beach as shown in this locator map.

DAYTONA BEACH -- The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting early this morning in the parking lot of a bottle club near Daytona Beach that left a man critically injured, an agency spokesman said.

"The shooting occurred at about 4:58 a.m., just as a crowd was gathering outside of Papi's Bottle Club on North Nova Road," Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson told Headline Surfer. "Two deputies were close enough to the scene to hear a fight breaking out in the parking lot. As the deputies drove to the scene, they heard a gunshot ring out and then saw the crowd scatter."

The wounded victim was found in the street, Davidson said, adding, moments later, more gunfire was heard to the north of the scene.

"About a half a block away, at Nova Road and 8th Street, deputies discovered more blood and are still trying to piece together the events. So far, no additional victims have been located," Davidson said. "While deputies are still talking to witnesses, preliminary indications are that a fight broke out inside of Papi's Bottle Club right before closing time that spilled out into the parking lot as patrons filed out of the club."

The victim, whose name was not released, was taken by ambulance to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, where he was listed in critical condition.

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