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Man released who allegedly fired gun into air at local night club


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A man who allegedly fired a gun into the air at a local nightclub was released on his own recognizance Monday.

Aundraye Leshonne Allen, 26, of Roswell, is charged with one count each of aggravated assault, negligent use of a firearm and unlawful carrying of a firearm in a liquor establishment in connection with a July 19 incident at the EPIQ Nightclub, according to documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

Judge K.C. Rogers released Allen on his own recognizance following a first appearance Monday in Magistrate Court.

Allen was taken into custody following a 1:10 a.m. call about shots fired and an aggravated assault at the nightclub located in the 2900 block of South Main Street, court documents state.

No one was struck by gunfire or seriously injured, but Allen allegedly did fire two shots into the air from a Smith and Wesson M&P BodyGuard 380 on the night in question. Two rounds fired were found on the patio.

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Allen, according to witnesses, then allegedly aimed the gun at the crowd of patrons, before he was eventually overpowered, hit by the crowd and restrained until police arrived.

Witnesses at the club state Allen allegedly fired the shots after getting in a fight with another man.

When later questioned by police, Allen said a group of guys kept watching him all night and that he felt like they were plotting against him.

According to court documents, Allen said that a man at one point then approached him and attempted to hit him, but that he had dodged the man’s punch. He then said at least eight other guys proceeded to beat him up before cops came.

He denied having a gun or knowing anything about a gun at the nightclub, court documents state.

Conditions of Allen’s release prohibit him from possessing a firearm or dangerous weapon, consuming alcohol, buying or possessing illegal drugs or leaving Chaves County without prior permission of the court. He also must avoid all contact with potential victims or anyone who might testify at a trial.

A preliminary examination in the case is scheduled for Aug. 25 in Magistrate Court.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext, 301, or breakingnews@rdrnews.com

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