This post was originally published on January 15, 2012
A man was shot in the leg during a fight at Club Neo that started inside the building, then spilled out into the parking lot Sunday morning.
Around 1:20 a.m., police learned of a large fight involving several people inside Club Neo, 4825 Hopyard Road, according to a statement by the . Those involved ignored police commands and started filing out into the parking lot, where the melee continued. One online poster said there were 20 fights going on.
About 10 minutes later, officers learned that someone had shot a gun.
They found a 23-year-old Fremont man lying in the parking lot north of the club near , with a gunshot wound to the leg and a head injury.
He was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley by ambulance. Police said in a statement that his wounds are not life threatening.
Shootings in Pleasanton are rare. The most recent incident occured in August of 2010, when a San Ramon teen shot at a Pleasanton man — and missed — during a robbery.
The club is in a strip mall space that has been home to upscale bars under several incarnations over the years, including ShBoom, Aura and Status, which boasted of its Vegas-style bottle service and brought in big name D.J.s and mid-level celebrities, including Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino from "Jersey Shore."
Police estimate that there were about 450 people at the club when the fight broke out. The scheduled Saturday night entertainment was DJ Inferno. The club is only open Friday and Saturday nights, according to its Facebook page, from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.
Officers interviewed security bouncers and witnesses in the area but have not identified a suspect. The investigation is ongoing.
According to city planning records, the city asked the club to have security cameras and to search customers coming inside as a precaution. The club responded saying, "We do not anticipate (problems) with the crowd we are catering to, but it is just a precaution." Based on the agreement with the city, at least six security guards should have been on duty Saturday night.
Patch has been unable to reach the club owners for comment. An email to the club was not returned as of Sunday afternoon.
Anyone who witnessed the crime or has information pertinent to this investigation is asked to call the Pleasanton Police Department at 925-931-5100.
Patch writer Autumn Johnson contributed to this report.