Shooting Near Nightclub Claims Life of Father of 3

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Cleveland father of three was shot to death in the chest after a large fight broke out across the street from a nightclub.

Police say around 2:30 Monday morning, a large crowd gathered in a parking lot on Lee Road near Judson Avenue. According to authorities, during the fight Anthony Conner, 27, pulled out a handgun and fired several shots in the officers direction and into the crowd hitting the victim in the chest.

The victim, 21-year-old Damon Woodard, leaves behind three young children and a fiancé. Police aren't sure whether he was the intended target or what led up to the fight.

Woodard's father said he does not think his son knows the suspect.

"They need to stop something about these pistols up here. Too many innocent people getting killed for nothing," said Louis Woodard.

Woddard added that on the night of the shooting his son was at the Sirrah House to celebrate the life of a friend who passed away.

During the scuffle, police fired back at Conner, but he was not struck. The suspect took off running but was arrested on scene a short time later.

Witness Darin Bailey told FOX 8, "There was a guy running, he had his pants down. Next thing I know the police was coming. They chased the guy down. Ran him down and caught him."

Employees at the nightclub across the street say although the fight happened outside, they always have security on hand.

"It's just tragic the young generation just don't know how to act. They have no respect for each other, themselves, the club, anything," said Sirrah House manager Divard Jones.

According to authorities, Conner is currently being held at the Justice Center downtown awaiting charges.