A bouncer at Hinesville’s Cream Sports Bar and Lounge was shot and killed around 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning after an incident in the club’s parking lot, according to Hinesville Police Department Detective Joshua Heath.
The bouncer, Eric Turner, died at Liberty Regional Medical Center, according to Heath.
One man has been arrested in connection with the shooting, but his identity was not released Saturday.
Heath said Turner was killed while he and other bouncers were clearing the parking lot after the club on the 700 block of East Oglethorpe Highway had closed. The bouncers were trying to break up an argument, Heath said, and three men inside a 2015 Chevrolet were told to leave.
One of three men inside the vehicle pulled a gun, which was knocked out of his hand by a club bouncer. The driver of the vehicle then pulled out a gun and before driving away allegedly fired three shots at Turner, who reportedly was hit once.
Hinesville Police Department officers in the area for crowd control found Turner and called Liberty Regional EMS, and Turner was taken to Liberty Regional where he was later pronounced dead.
One of the bullets reportedly went through a window of room 147 at the nearby Econo Lodge.
It was later found in the headboard of a bed where a man was sleeping. He was moved to another room, police said. The third bullet wasn’t found.
The alleged shooter was arrested after a traffic stop on Harrison Drive and a weapon was recovered, Heath said. The other two men in the vehicle were reportedly released.
Cream Sports Bar was the subject of complaints from neighboring business owners at the most recent Hinesville City Council meeting.
Among those who spoke at the meeting was Econo Lodge owner Mayank Patel, who declined to be interviewed Saturday morning.
At the Dec. 1 city council meeting, HPD Chief George Stagmeier told council members the club had generated 80 calls within a year, most due to incidents in the parking lot.