NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Two men were shot in downtown New Brunswick, shortly before last call at the Glo Ultra Lounge in the early morning hours of April 22.
All available police units responded to the disturbance, which quickly escalated into a shooting that spilled out onto the block of Paterson Street that also is home to Perle, a nightclub owned by the same people who run Glo.
"As officers exited their patrol vehicles to break up the fight shots were fired from inside the crowd leaving two individuals with non-life threatening injuries," reads a press release issued by New Brunswick Police Department (NBPD).
The Perle nightclub is treated as a separate venue, one that often has a velvet rope line and a bouncer working the door. As we reported, Perle was the scene of a large fight in the early morning hours of March 29.
According to a witness, an ambulance and paramedic vehicle, as well as an unmarked NBPD vehicle, were parked outside Glo several hours before the violence broke out. It's not clear if there was a related incident.
Police identified the victims as 37-year-old Derrick Fuqua, who was shot in the leg, and 29-year-old Jawon Tyus, who was shot in the abdomen. Both men were treated at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and released.
Fuqua had been previously arrested by New Brunswick police in a November 2014 heroin bust on Seaman Street, and had been charged with leading a narcotics trafficking network by State Police in April 2013.
By 1:50am, police were transporting at least one prisoner to headquarters, according to police radio transmissions. But the police press statement made no mention of any charges in connection with the disturbance or the shooting.
"Detectives are actively investigating this incident and ask anyone with information to contact the New Brunswick Detective Bureau at (732) 745-5217," reads the NBPD press release. "There is no suspect description at this time."
Charlie is the founder and editor of New Brunswick Today, and the winner of the Awbrey Award for Community-Oriented Local Journalism. He is a proud Rutgers University journalism graduate and a community organizer, and was an independent candidate for Mayor of New Brunswick in 2018.