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Man found suffering from gunshot wound outside Club Legends in Killeen dies

Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 1:04 PM CDT
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) - Police on Monday announced Darian Nelson Barlow, 21, found suffering from a gunshot wound outside Club Legends on Saturday, has succumbed to his wounds.

Police said Barlow is the 14th person to be murdered in the City of Killeen this year. Police also said ten people have either been shot, stabbed, assaulted, or killed at Club Legends this year.

Officers found Barlow and three other individuals wounded by gunfire in the parking lot of Club Legends at 308 S. 2nd Street at about 2:45 a.m. Saturday.

EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated Barlow had previously been banned from Club Legends. That was never the case. We apologize for the error.

Two men and a woman were transported to Baylor Scott and White Memorial Hospital in critical but stable condition. The third male victim was transported to the Carl R. Darnall Medical Center in critical condition. One of the victims, now identified as Barlow, was pronounced deceased at 5:17 a.m. by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke.

Police said this is the second murder of the year related to Club Legends. In the past year, Killeen Police said, officers responded to at least 111 reported calls for service to the club, including 15 disturbances, eleven shots fired, two fights, two aggravated assaults and the two homicides.

“Given the amount in reported violence in this particular location, we as the community cannot allow this activity to go unchecked. The Killeen Police Department will use all the tools at its disposal to ensure the safety of our citizens,” stated Police Chief Charles Kimble.

Club Legends Owner Dawaune Ezell disputed the numbers provided by Killeen Police. “Those numbers are inaccurate. A lot of times, is my security calling them because people try to come in with drugs and guns and my security prevent it,” said Ezell.

A relative of Barlow who reached out to News 10 said Barlow was with friends and planned to celebrate that night at the club. Barlow was reportedly helping someone whose vehicle got stuck in the mud in the area near the club. At that point, a group of individuals who appeared to be leaving the club engaged in the altercation with Barlow and his group, the woman said.

The Killeen Police Department is asking anyone who may have seen anything, has any videos or any information about this shooting, to contact the Bell County Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppers.com.

You can also download the P3Tips App for IOS or Android and give an anonymous tip. All information is confidential and anonymous.

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