A Galveston SWAT team raided a downtown bar early Monday morning, hours after one of its employees was shot, police said.
The raid, however, did not result in an arrest, and the hourslong operation that closed down a large section of The Strand ended with police saying they still were searching for the shooter.
Police were called to the La Playa Latin Club, 1828 Strand, at about 3:15 a.m., Galveston police spokesman Capt. Joshua Schirard said. They found the victim, a 19-year-old man, suffering from a gunshot wound.
He was taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch, where he was recovering Monday.
While investigating, police determined that the shooting happened inside the club, Schirard said. They also determined that people were still inside the building while the crime scene was being secured, he said.
Police used a bullhorn to command the people inside the building to come out, Schirard said. Several did, and they were detained as potential witnesses to the shooting.
But, fearing the shooter was still hiding inside the pink and purple building, police secured a search warrant to enter using a SWAT team.
The team entered about 9 a.m. to find the building empty, Schirard said.
While police surrounded the bar, employees from other nearby businesses were asked to stay away from the scene. Several stood outside the police perimeter for more than an hour while the raid was completed.
After the scene was cleared, Schirard said investigators believed they knew who fired the shot and would be seeking an arrest warrant.
“We are still searching for the suspect,” Schirard said. “We do have suspect information. We expect to obtain an arrest warrant in the near future.”
No arrests had been announced by Monday evening.
Police did not immediately release other details about the shooting, or other events surrounding it.
One explanation was offered at the scene by a man who identified himself at the victim’s father, however.
Damon Jackson said his son, Logan Jackson, is a barback at the business and was shot during an attempted robbery in a nearby alley. He said his son was recovering in the hospital from a shattered pelvis, but was conscious and in stable condition.
Police did not confirm whether there had been an attempted robbery. Schirard said initial evidence suggested the shooting happened inside the building, which was closed at the time, according to its posted hours. Jackson said he was told by his son the shooting happened outside the building.