A nightclub doorman was shot by a motorcyclist in a drive-by incident last night at around 10.30pm.
The 24 year old was taken to the RVI hospital following the shooting, where he was treated for his injuries which are said not to be life threatening.
The incident happened outside Tup Tup Palace, a nightclub in the middle of Newcastle’s popular ‘Diamond Strip‘ and involved a motorcyclist dressed in black.
An eye witness told the Chronicle,
My mate had gone into Subway to grab a coffee and I was waiting with my bike outside St Nicholas Cathedral, pretty much directly opposite the club.
I saw a black motorbike pull up outside the coffee shop next door, La Maschera; right by where the kerb comes in for the parking spaces. It was a big bike, black all over and with what looked like a body kit on it so that you could not see its marking. But I could see it was a powerful sports bike; a Ducati or something like that.
The rider was dressed all in black too – black helmet, visor, leather jacket, motorbike boots and blue jeans. It looked quite suspicious because he put his foot down and looked around; he stared right at me for a second.
Then he started pushing at the handlebars of the bike as if it had stalled and he was trying to get it to start.
I thought he had stalled. There was about 50 people queued up outside the club. The bike moved slowly towards Tup Tup and he was just past the kerb when there was a massive bang.
I knew it was a gunshot. I used to go shooting with my family and it sounded to me not like a shotgun, but like a big handgun. I was on the mobile to my girlfriend and she said ‘What the Hell was that’?
I thought for a second it was the motorbike backfiring. The people outside Tup Tup did not react. but some girls in party dresses stood next to me started to scream.
Northumbria Police are appealing for information and urge people to call them on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 1410 060615 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if they have any information relating to the incident.