Two men were killed and a third critically wounded early Friday morning as they left a popular downtown Detroit nightclub. The three men were leaving Bleu Room Experience on Woodward at John R shortly after 2 a.m. when they flashed hand signals associated with a metro Detroit gang and exchanged words with three men in a black Dodge Charger, according to Detroit police spokesman James Tate.
A passenger in the front seat of the car threw a liquor bottle at the group, striking one of the men in the head, and the rear-seat passenger in the car pulled out a gun and shot all three men, Tate said.
Two of the men -- ages 19 and 21 -- were shot in the chest and died. The third, an 18-year-old who was hit in the head by the bottle, was shot in the shoulder. He was listed in critical condition at a Detroit hospital.
Tate said none of the victims lived in Detroit, but he didn't say where they lived.
Witnesses reported seeing the suspects in the car displaying gang signs known to be used by a Highland Park gang, he added.
The club opened in 2000 as an upscale techno club.