4 wounded in shooting at Tropicante nightclub in Deerfield Beach

Victims taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries

By Sanela Sabovic - Reporter, Natalie Morera - Executive Producer

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. - Four people were hospitalized after being shot at a Deerfield Beach nightclub.

The shooting happened about 2:30 a.m. Monday at Tropicante, 4251 N. Dixie Highway.

According to the Broward Sheriff's Office, deputies found three men and one woman with gunshot wounds.

All four victims were taken to Broward Health North with non-life-threatening injuries.

"I hit the ground and start praying instantly," club patron Miya Hall told Local 10 News.

Hall said the shooting started after the gunman was punched in the face.

"After that he pulled out a gun and just started shooting," she said.

It's not the first time there has been a shooting at the nightclub. Three people were shot in the parking lot in 2015.

Vincent Piantosi, who works at a nearby business, said shootings are a regular occurrence at the nightclub.

"This is, like, the -- probably what -- third one this year, I think," he said.

BSO deputies haven't said if they have a suspect in the shooting.

Meanwhile, officials with the city of Deerfield Beach said they are taking steps to shut down the nightclub.

"The City of Deerfield Beach has been litigating this matter, involving Tropicante Productions, in state and federal courts for the last five years," Deerfield Beach spokeswoman Rebecca Medina Stewart said in a statement. "Every final decision handed down by the courts has been in the city's favor, including the most recent decision which affirmed that Tropicante Productions has indeed, violated their Certificate of Use and should be shut down. The city intends to enforce the court's order."

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