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Attempted murder charges filed in Club Venus shooting

Posted at 3:44 PM, Aug 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-10 15:46:42-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- Prosecutors filed attempted murder charges Tuesday against a 26-year-old involved in a double shooting at a west side gentlemen’s club.

Jonathan Riley, 26, is accused of shooting Derrick Clark five times outside of Club Venus after Clark confronted him about stealing money around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, Riley allegedly stole money belonging to Clark and also reached into the garter of a dancer and stole the money she had earned so far that night.

As Riley was leaving the club, Clark reportedly confronted him, at which point Riley is alleged to have retrieved a gun from his Jeep and opened fire on Clark – striking him five times.

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Clark was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Doctors removed five bullets from his body. Clark suffered a shattered left leg, shattered right arm and shattered tailbone in the attack.

After seeing Riley open fire, one of the club’s security guards pulled his own gun at shot Riley once in the right thigh. Riley and another man then jumped into his Jeep and drove off – driving until Riley became light-headed from blood loss.

In an interview with police, Riley said he didn’t take anyone’s money and that he fired at Clark because he had been following him with his hand in his pocket and he thought he had a gun. Riley also told police he has a valid handgun permit.

Riley had his initial hearing before a judge on Wednesday, where bond was set at $250,000.

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