Akron police have identified but not yet apprehended two men wanted in a deadly strip club shooting.
Daymond L. Hooks, 29, of 4th Avenue in Akron, and Phillip R Key, Jr., 32, of Sparhawk Avenue in Akron, are wanted for the late night shooting death of Jerry Stallings on Nov. 17 at Centerfolds strip club on East Archwood Avenue.
Hooks has been charged with murder and felonious assault and Key with complicity to commit murder.
The shooting followed an argument between Hooks and Stallings, which escalated into a fight inside the strip club shortly after midnight, police said. Much of the incident was caught on security cameras.
“After the fight was broken up, Hooks left the night club with friends, only to return several minutes later,” Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards, the department’s spokesman, said Sunday after police reviewed the video footage. “Key tackled Stallings to the ground while Hooks pulled out a handgun and fired a shot at Stallings.”
Police found Stallings lying dead near an entrance at the East Akron strip club with a gunshot wound to the chest.
An Akron detective said Sunday that police have yet to make an arrest in the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490 or call 9-1-1 if the suspects, who are considered dangerous, are spotted.
Hooks has been charged multiple times for criminal damaging, trespassing and domestic violence since 2005. Key’s criminal record also dates back to 2005 and includes passing bad checks, forgery, domestic violence, theft and marijuana charges.
The shooting this month was the 50th time police have visited the strip club since 2010.
In March, police reported that two women had been fighting and rolling around on the ground inside the strip club. One was struck in the head with a beer bottle during the scuffle.
In May, a woman told police that her purse, and $7,000 cash in it, had been stolen from her chair while she watched a Cavaliers game with a friend at the club.
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