A 26-year old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following a drive-by shooting incident in Newcastle city centre on Saturday night. The incident, which occurred at around 10.30pm involved a bouncer being shot by a passing motorcyclist outside of Tup Tup Palace. A member of the Phoenix Security team who was working as a doorman at the popular nightspot was rushed to hospital after the shooting took place.
Police made an arrest on Monday afternoon and the suspect is currently in custody but investigations continue.
Superintendent Bruce Storey said,
There are still a number of people who were in the city centre on Saturday night who we have not yet spoken to and I would urge these people to come forward.
If anyone saw a silver motorbike in the city or on the outskirts between 10pm and 11pm on Saturday night we want to speak to them.
They may think the information they have is insignificant but it all helps in our inquiries and could prove to be crucial to us in finding the person responsible for this incident.
We are continuing to work with Tup Tup and other licensed premises in the city centre to ensure they are kept up to date and provide reassurance that everything is being done to ensure the city remains a safe place for people enjoying a night out.
An eye-witness claims there were around 50 people in the queue for the club when the incident took place. Fortunately, the doorman’s condition has been described as stable and his injuries are not life-threatening.
The superintendent continued with a message to the general public,
We know these incidents understandably cause concern and shock to members of the public and I want to reassure our communities that we are doing everything we can to ensure these incidents are dealt with and that we fully understand the facts of what has happened.
Extra officers are on patrol across the city to offer reassurance and will remain so over the coming days. If anyone is concerned we would urge them to speak to an officer.
Inquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances of each of these incidents, and while we recognise it is worrying for members of the public, at the current time our enquiries so far lead us to believe there are no risks to the wider members of the public from any of these incidents.
For each incident we have a number of lines of inquiry but inquiries remain ongoing and we need the help of the public. If anyone has any information about any of the three incidents we would urge them to come forward and speak to us.
Northumbria Police are appealing for information and urge people to call them on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 1410 060615 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if they have any information relating to the incident.