MONSON, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Complaints of a shooting at a Monson strip club has resulted in the execution of a search warrant.
Monson Police said it happened at the Magic Lantern early Sunday morning, but wasn’t reported until hours later and Western Mass News has learned the bar is now cooperating with police.
Police added that they haven’t had any victims step forward in this shooting and they are still seeking information from witnesses or anyone who might have information on what happened
Early Sunday morning around 1 a.m., Monson Police said there was a shooting at the Magic Lantern bar and strip club.
Police explained they only knew to investigate because witnesses who saw it happen reported the shooting at 2 p.m. - more than 12 hours after it reportedly happened. They tell us their preliminary investigation revealed a series of shots were fired in the parking lot and investigators found spent bullet casings.
Investigators said the management of the bar initially refused to cooperate and that investigators returned to serve a search warrant at around 9 p.m. Sunday.
It was a busy Sunday not only for police, but also for the town’s new interim administrator, Jennifer Wolowicz. Monday was her first official day on the job.
“I was not expecting that in my first week or day of working,” Wolowicz said.
Wolowicz told Western Mass News that those with Magic Lantern started to cooperate with police while they were serving the warrant.
“The chief was on site at the incident with his detectives and officers throughout the night ‘til about 2 o’clock in the morning I believe and there was a point during that period of time from when they were first on scene that the owner did start to cooperate and so of course, we’re thankful for that,” Wolowicz added.
Police said so far, no victims have stepped forward and that evidence from the search warrant is being processed.
The club has been the backdrop to a series of incidents throughout the years, including an officer-involved shooting in 2003 and a heroin delivery stopped by police in the parking lot from 2017.
Town officials said the ownership of the bar changed hands around a year ago.
“Any business in town is going to have the same type of oversight as far as making sure that they’re following all the guidelines under any permit or license that they have,” Wolowicz noted.
Magic Lantern is closed Mondays. We tried to leave a message, but couldn't reach an answering machine.
Monson Police are asking anyone who might have witnessed the shooting to contact Det. Sgt. Adam Szymanski at (413) 893-9500.
Western Mass News will continue to follow this story and will have more information as it becomes available.