Man opens fire at Tokyo Valentino on Cheshire Bridge

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A disgruntled customer fired a barrage of bullets at Tokyo Valentino early Thursday, with at least one lodging in the wall of a video booth on the lower level.

The incident at the business – an adult superstore on Cheshire Bridge Road popular with gay men – left the rear parking lot littered with shell casings, three bullet holes above the rear entrance to the lower level and a bullet lodged in the wall of one of the video booths, according to the Atlanta Police Department. A parked car was also damaged.

A security guard that scuffled with the customer had to dive to the ground to avoid being shot. He was not injured during the incident, according to police. 

The shooting unfolded about 5 a.m. on Thursday, according to a police incident report. The security guard was called to the lower level of the facility – which contains several video booths that offer sex videos – to remove a customer that the business banned after a dispute weeks earlier. 

The security guard ordered the suspect to leave, he refused, and an argument ensued. The man threatened to kill the security guard, who then punched the man in the face, according to the incident report. 

The gunshots started after the two men exited the store and carried the argument into the parking lot.

“The suspect then started walking backward while pulling a handgun from his waistband or front pocket area and began to discharge the firearm,” according to the incident report. “[The security guard] then fell to the parking lot’s pavement to avoid being hit.”

The man fled in a dark blue Volvo, according to police. 

A man was shot in a parking lot next to Bulldogs on Peachtree Street on March 5. (Photo by Matt Hennie)

Other men shot on Cheshire Bridge and outside Bulldogs

The incident was one of several shootings across Atlanta over the weekend, including at least two along Cheshire Bridge Road. 

About 1 a.m. on Friday, a 37-year-old man was shot in the right shoulder after he chased three men who were breaking into vehicles parked near Onyx Atlanta, according to Atlanta police. The man left his handgun on the passenger seat of his vehicle when he went inside the strip club. When he returned about 30 minutes later, a window was smashed and the gun was gone.

The man spotted three others breaking into a nearby vehicle. Those men fled in a Dodge Journey, and the victim chased them in his car. One of the men shot at him as the two cars drove along Cheshire Bridge, police said.

“[The] victim was shot one time in the right shoulder and had about six bullet holes in his windshield,” according to the incident report. 

The victim was treated at Grady Hospital.

Also Friday, a man was shot several times in the parking lot next to Bulldogs on Peachtree Street, according to Atlanta police. 

The shooting happened just after 11 p.m. as the victim approached several men breaking into a vehicle parked in the lot next to the gay bar. As he walked toward them, one of the men opened fire then fled in a silver sedan, police said.

“The male was transported to the hospital alert, conscious and breathing, for further medical treatment,” according to a preliminary incident report from police.

More details weren’t available on Monday. The shooting is under investigation, police said.


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