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Atlanta Police names suspect, charges in deadly strip club shooting

Atlanta Police said they are searching for Dedric Howard.

ATLANTA — Editor's note: This story previously said the suspect was indicted, it has since been changed to reflect the suspect is facing charges by Atlanta Police Department.

Days after a deadly fight at an Atlanta strip club police said they have now pinpointed a suspect.

A fight broke out inside the Blue Flame Lounge off of Harwell Road in northwest Atlanta around 1 a.m. Wednesday, later spilling out into the nearby parking lot, according to the Atlanta Police Department. Officers discovered a man suffering from a gunshot wound dead at the scene. Officers later identified him as 21-year-old Dishawn Marquise Lee Herndon.

APD Homicide Commander Lt. Ralph Woolfolk provided an update on the case Friday evening, saying they are still searching for the man they believed killed the victim. The APD Fugitives Unit is actively searching for suspect Dedric Howard, 31, in the Blue Flames Lounge killing, Lt. Woolfolk said in a press event.

This is only the latest in a string of incidents at the adult entertainment lounge. 

In March of last year, police said someone opened fire at the club from their car -- injuring three victims. In September 2020, two others were hit by gunfire following a fight outside the club. In February of the same year, a man was shot and killed outside of the club.