Man Shoots Up Strip Club After DJ Refuses to Play His Favorite Song


Philadelphia police have released a video of a man shooting up a strip club after the DJ refused to play the song he requested. Alleged music fanatic Henry Pettigrew and his accomplice are still currently at large.

The shooting took place close to 2 a.m. EDT at the Purple Orchid Gentleman’s club in southwest Philadelphia on May 11.

See the disturbing footage below:


According to rawstory.com, police said that Pettigrew and another man were involved in an argument with bouncers at the club after he became angry when the DJ would not play his favorite song. When the bouncers attempted to escort the men outside they fought back.

Pettigrew then mistook an innocent patron for one of the bouncers and assaulted him.  The man tried to escape in his SUV and police say Pettigrew fired several shots at the vehicle with an AK-47.  The driver was hit above the right hip. Lieutenant Johnny Walker of the Philadelphia Police Department said, “it hit the flesh of his body and it didn't hit any vital organs."

Surveillance video shows Pettigrew running back towards the building and he is, according to the Philadelphia Action 6 News reporter, "so hammered he slips and falls."

The anger of not hearing his favorite song still had not dispelled. Inside the club, the video shows multiple flashes as Pettigrew shot indiscriminately towards the DJ.

Fortunately the DJ ducked for cover just in time and he along with the rest of the patrons escaped unscathed.

Pettigrew escaped with a getaway driver said to be in a light colored sedan. Many Purple Orchid Employees have allegedly quit their jobs because Pettigrew is still on the loose.

Several obvious gun-control questions arise from this story: How did Pettigrew have access to an AK-47? Should he be allowed access to assault weapons? Should there be additional security precautions (such as metal detectors) at all nightclubs? Could there be underlying issues aside from not hearing his favorite song that caused Pettigrew to lash out?

All of these questions are legitimate, relevant to American society today, and hard to answer.

A less controversial and more easily answerable question that has been left out: what song did he want played?

This isn't the first time this spring that disagreements about song choice have led to violence. HuffPost reported in April that a woman "pushed and choked" her boyfriend after he sang Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's hit "Thrift Shop."

This could say a lot about the culture of violence in the United States and/or the power of music. Maybe DJs should just not allow requests, at least while politicians continue to debate gun control laws? 

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Kristen Ellingboe

Kristen is currently a journalism and political science student at Emory University.

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