Warning: The content of this video is graphic.
STAMFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– An arrest was made after a man fired shots into crowd outside a Stamford nightclub, injuring five people in a chaotic scene that was all caught on video Saturday.
Police say around 1:40 AM, they responded to a shooting in the area of Tino’s Nightclub at 84 West Park Place in Columbus Park. Officers downtown heard numerous gunshots and discovered a chaotic scene where five people were shot.
A bystander was able to take shaky video from a cell phone of the altercation while others ran away from the shooter. Police say the video was previously released independently by witnesses on social media before they shared it out with a request for public information.
Officers were able to identify the suspect and he was detained in the area of Atlantic and Bank Streets. The suspect, 22-year-old Dayron Wills, admitted his involvement in the shooting to police and told them he discarded his gun. Police then located a loaded .40 caliber handgun in the intersection of where Wills was found.
Wills told officers the altercation began outside Tino’s Nightclub, where he pulled out his gun and began shooting at another person he was fighting with.
Video evidence shows Wills indiscriminately firing his gun into the crowd and towards the crowded downtown area. There, he struck five innocent people who weren’t involved in the altercation.
The victims were taken to Stamford Hospital for treatment. The four men and one woman were mostly shot in their upper and lower extremities and all their injuries appear to be non-life threatening.
Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin told the Stamford Advocate, “we’re very fortunate nobody was killed in this incident though unfortunately five people were shot. When you look at the video and see all the people down there at 1 a.m. on a hot night with the bars in full swing and the number of shots fired, we’re extremely lucky no one was killed.”
Wills does have a valid pistol permit and is registered to carry a weapon. He was also found to be in possession of some marijuana.
Wills was charged with 5 counts of assault, reckless endangerment, unlawful discharged of a firearm and possession of marijuana. He was held on $1 million bond and appeared in court Monday.
The shooting is still under investigation. Police ask anyone who witnessed the shooting or has any information to call them at 203-977-4417.
The owners of Tino’s Nightclub says they will voluntarily suspend their liquor license effective Wednesday after the mayor met with downtown officials.
Senator Blumenthal released the following statement in regards to the shooting:
“This terrifying video reinforces the urgent need to stop gun violence—an all-too prevalent, pernicious scourge. These injuries and deaths and the fear they instill in communities and neighborhoods across America can be stopped. Congress must act now.”