Screaming dancers scrambled out of a popular east side club early Tuesday morning after an employee heard a gunshot inside a restroom during a hip-hop dance.

A patron of the High Noon Saloon, 701 E. Washington Ave., claimed he had been pistol-whipped during the incident that was reported at 1:04 a.m., Madison police said.

The pistol-whipped victim was bleeding from the face, but another witness said he had been hit in the head with a bottle.

According to the police news release, the employee heard a "pop" coming from the men's restroom area.

"Seconds later, many screaming people fled the dance floor and the restroom area," said police spokesman Joel DeSpain.

Officers found a bullet hole inside the men's restroom, with the round apparently going through a wall into the women's restroom, lodging into the ceiling.

The bleeding victim, who apparently hadn't been shot, did not stick around to be interviewed by police.

"When officers arrived they observed a large number of people yelling and swearing at each other while getting into cars and leaving the area," DeSpain said.

According to the High Noon Saloon website, the "608 Freestyle Battle" was going on at the club, featuring DJs and mixers MGM, Rickaby, B Shynez and DJ Pain 1.


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