DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Athis weekend happened shortly after 5 a.m., when the XTC Cabaret would have closed had it not been for a recent court ruling.
Shalonda Anderson, also known as Shalonda Lofton, was live streaming on Facebook as security guards escorted her and her friends out of the fully naked cabaret on Saturday morning. Within minutes, police say, two of those security guards fired on her car, killing her.
Thepass an ordinance that would force sex businesses to close every night between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
He argued that the businesses were attracting crime, straining the resources of the city’s police and fire department.
The owners of the clubs sued the city, and a judge barred the city from enforcing the ordinance, finding that the city did not have enough evidence linking the violent crimes to the clubs.
Dallas police, however, continue to collect information on crime around clubs, and the Anderson shooting is likely to become a key example in their data.
Cellphone video taken by David Barfield, who had arrived to pick up one of Anderson’s friends on Saturday morning, captures the commotion after the shooting.
“They could have hit any of the passers-by. They were shooting wildly,” Barfield told a police officer.
XTC Cabaret released a two-second video clip, which shows Anderson driving his car into a security guard, crushing his leg. This security guard, he said, started shooting to arrest Anderson.
Barfield, however, in his video, is seen pointing at a female security guard walking without visible injury, identifying her as the shooter.
“This lady here was the main culprit,” Barfield said.
Witnesses told police that security officers hit Anderson and his friends with pepper spray before getting into their car and then surrounded the car.
“My eyes, my eyes, my eyes,” one shouted in a video taken after the shooting.
Barfield also said guards tried to get him and his girlfriend to leave before police arrived.
“Let’s go. Get in your car. Let’s go,” a guard says in a video as he approaches Barfield.
Dallas police announced Monday afternoon that they havethe second officer to fire the shots, for three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The city appealed the ordinance preventing it from enacting its restrictions on the opening hours of strip clubs.
In a court case last month, the city of Dallas said in one month it responded to four shootings at or related to sex businesses, all between 4 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. .
In response to a request for comment, Mayor Eric Johnson wrote to CBS 11, “I am heartbroken by the tragic violence we have seen at sex businesses in our city. This incident once again shows why council Dallas City Council – in the interest of public safety – voted unanimously in favor of reasonable restrictions on the hours of operation of these businesses. Lives are at stake, and that is why it is essential for us to continue to pursue policies that can help us achieve our goal of making Dallas the safest major city in the United States.”