Lakewood Residents Shaken After Large Melee Outside Club

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LAKEWOOD, Ohio -- Nearly two dozen people have been arrested in connection with a violent brawl outside a Lakewood nightclub.

Lakewood police responded to the intersection of Detroit and Coutant Avenue around 7:15 p.m. Saturday after reports of a large fight with shots fired outside of The Foundry nightclub.

Toyia Malaieb was there to witness the violence escalate into pure chaos.

"There was three guys beating one guy with a bat. And then there was two guys beating another guy with a pole, and they was just beating him, just beating him and beating him and beating him," an emotional Malaieb told Fox 8.

Lakewood police said five people were rushed to the hospital, some with stab wounds, while more than 20 others are now behind bars.

Saturday night, police could be seen collecting multiple guns from the scene, as well as shell casings.

Some nearby car windows were even shattered from the violence.

"This is something that is pretty out of the ordinary for Lakewood to happen, but certainly something that is not going to be tolerated," Police Chief Tim Malley said.

Sunday evening the impact continued to resonate, especially among those who live in the neighborhood.

"I heard pop, pop, pop, pop, pop," Crystal Starkey told Fox 8, describing Saturday's gunfire.

Starkey said she won't soon forget it, or the fact that it happened just feet from where her niece and nephew play daily.

"What if a child would have been in the (middle) of all their chaos?" she asked.

"We have never, never experienced anything like this, in all the years that I've lived here," said Gladys Morrison, who has called Coutant Avenue home since 1975.

Saturday night, she was preparing Easter dinner when the violence erupted.

"I heard all the fighting. I heard all the sirens. I got phone calls of what's going on on my street, and everything--screaming. You just don't hear it here in Lakewood," Morrison said.

Nor does she want to, Morrison said, especially on what should have been one of the most peaceful nights of the year.

"After all these years, I'm ready to move," she said.

Police say none of the victims' injuries were life-threatening, and none of them had gunshot wounds.

Malley said investigators are still working to determine a motive for the fight, but that it may have had something to do with a band show at The Foundry Saturday night.

Police said those arrested will likely be charged on Monday.

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