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December 13, 2010 at 9:20 AM

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Four arrested after shots fired near South Seattle nightclub

Posted by John de Leon

Seattle police arrested four people early Monday morning after gunshots were fired outside a South Seattle nightclub.

At about 12:20 a.m., police responded to reports of gunshots in the 2900 block of First Avenue South. Security guards at a nightclub told the officers that the culprits may have left in a dark-colored SUV.

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Police stopped an SUV at Utah Avenue South and South Forest Street and arrested the four occupants. Police said they also recovered two stolen firearms and a "large amount" of cocaine and marijuana from the SUV.

Just after 1 a.m., an officer who was waiting for the SUV to be impounded heard at least a dozen gunshots fired from just north of the club and in an alley behind the club. Officers again responded, but they didn't find the people responsible. There were no injuries reported, but police said the club's front door was damaged.

Seattle Fire Department medics treated one female inside the club for a panic attack, according to police.

The men arrested earlier -- two 21-year-olds and a 22- and 23-year-old -- were booked into the King County Jail for investigation of possession of stolen property and drug charges.

A Seattle police account of the incident doesn't name the club, but the Fire Department responded to an aid call at Habana Sodo, a nightclub at 2942 First Ave. S., around the time of the second shooting, according to the department's 911 log.

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