Jacksonville Police arrest suspect in weekend club shooting

Rodney Devan Pridgen Jr. (Jacksonville Police photo)

Jacksonville Police announced the arrest of a Jacksonville man in a shooting that happened early Monday.

Rodney Devan Pridgen Jr., 22, of Jacksonville was identified early in an investigation as a person of interest. He was taken into custody around 5 p.m. Tuesday. He was placed in the Onslow County Jail under $50,000 bond.

Officials said Jacksonville police responded to a report of shots fired at the Champagne Lounge, a nightclub located on the premises of the Red Carpet Inn at 701 N. Marine Boulevard, around 1 a.m. on Monday. Responding units found a major disturbance underway, officials said. People were fighting and running from the area and there were reports that a subject was fleeing the area with a firearm.

Officials said officers began searching the areas surrounding the hotel in pursuit of the identified subject with a firearm. During the pursuit, officials said the suspect made a threatening movement with the firearm and one officer fired his duty weapon.

If you have information about the incident, please contact JPD Detective Enno Giusti at (910) 938-6420 or or Crime Stoppers at (910) 938-5034. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to arrest. Callers to Crime Stoppers are not required to reveal their identities. Information can also be anonymously texted via Text-A-Tip by typing TIP4CSJAX and your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Please refer to Case 18-05520 when calling or texting.

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