Fort Valley police say they're trying to identify people in a Facebook video who were fighting near a nightclub around 2 a.m. Sunday morning.
Gunfire can be heard in the video near FaceZ Nightclub and Lounge, on Main St. One man was shot in the upper torso. He was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to Fort Valley police Chief Lawrence Spurgeon.
"This type of behavior is reckless," Spurgeon said Wednesday. "Somebody could have died, and we're in the business of protecting lives and property."
The incident wasn't the first for police at FaceZ, Spurgeon said. In fact, his officers were already near the club in response to another fight. The officers had two men detained and responded when they heard gunfire, Spurgeon said. The crowd dispersed after the shots were fired, Spurgeon said.
Soon after the incident, a video was posted on Facebook and police are using it to try to identify those involved.
FaceZ has been opened for only a year, but police have responded to "numerous calls" there, said Spurgeon. One of the calls was for a person firing a gun in the air and the others were fights.
Spurgeon said his department will be involved during the administrative process during the annual review/renewal of the club's alcohol license.
Club owner, Kelvin Davis said that a crowd of about 500 people came out that night. Davis said the night was going as planned. The club closed their doors at 2 a.m. and they were cleaning up inside.
"I guess about 10 minutes after we shut down, there was an altercation that took place that was outside that was down the street, a good 75 yards away from the building," said Davis.
Video of the brawl shows that it was about two businesses away from the club.
Davis said he had five security guards that night to manage the crowd, but no police officers.
Williams and Davis met up at City Hall on Wednesday to come up with a solution. According to Davis, He can now hire officers from neighboring cities as well as Fort Valley.