LAUDERDALE LAKES (CBS4) – Two people are dead and ten are wounded after an armed confrontation turned deadly inside a Lauderdale Lakes club.

It happened just after 3 a.m. Thursday morning at the South Rock Lodge Bar and Grill located at 3670 N State Road 7.

According to witnesses it started when two men had a confrontation as 50-75 people packed the club, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

As the confrontation grew more heated, Vishna Beepot, 26, allegedly pulled a gun on Junior Lodge, 35 and shots began to ring out.

“We were in the club enjoying ourselves, all of a sudden, we just heard shots,” said witness Ryan Hewitt.

Surveillance video shows dozens of people fleeing the club were fired. At least two victims are seen on tape being helped from the scene.

“It’s like the running of the bulls in Spain,” said one club-goer who did not want to be named. “Just imagine — shots being fired, people running, police coming. It was chaotic.”

Investigators say at some point Beepot pulled a gun after a argument with Lodge.

When the club’s security guard saw this, he pulled his own gun and the situation exploded. More than a dozen shots were fired as those inside the club scrambled for cover.

“I was like in the corner and there were six other persons around me,” Hewitt said. “If a shot came through, it had to come through six other people to hit me.”

A friend of Lodge’s said the situation started after Lodge spoke with a female friend of Beepot’s.

“When he (Lodge) went back inside, then the guy confronted him with a gun, shot him in the stomach,” said a female witness who didn’t want to be identified.

As the gunman went down, the woman said he continued to spray bullets across the club.

“After he fell to the ground, I guess when he was dying, he held on to the trigger and everybody else got shot,” said the female witness.

Beepot was rushed to Broward General Medical Center where he died. Lodge died in the club. The security guard was not injured in the chaotic scene as people ran from the bar.

The injured were taken to four different hospitals. Five, including Beepot, went to Broward General Medical Center, four went to Florida Medical Center, one went to North Broward Medical Center and one went to Plantation General Hospital.

BSO said one woman, Anna Layne, 49, had critical injuries, the others had non-life-threatening wounds. Layne underwent surgery Thursday evening. A family member told CBS 4 News that following the surgery she was alert and talking.

Club-goers were searching for answers as to how the shooter got into the club with his handgun in the first place.

“You have security searching everybody at the gate; so how can a man get inside the club when there is security searching everybody,” Hewitt asked.

BSO Detectives are also trying to get an answer to that question.

Investigators also said with the number of people in the small club, it’s surprising more people weren’t hurt.

“When you have 50 to 75 people in a small area and bullets start flying, there’s not a whole lot of place to escape and get away from those gunshots,” said Detective Scott Champagne.

BSO has 12 detectives working on the case and are still trying to determine what the confrontation was about.

Detective Champagne said that at this point it appears the security guard fired in self-defense.

The family and friends of Junior Lodge are left to mourn the death of a man who had recently put his life in order and was ambitious about moving forward.

“He was just an innocent person who got shot for no reason,” his female friend said.

If you have any information about the shooting, call Broward County Crimestoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).

Comments (8)
  1. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    Guns, anger fueled by alcohol & in the hands of unstable people who are thinking they’re “Tough guys” = this disaster. Enjoy your prison time gun lovers.

  2. Jimbo99 says:

    Thinning the herd.

  3. ROLANDO says:


  4. Random Guy says:

    Only 2 people dead? How boring… can you come up with better, more exciting stuff than this?? Seriously…

  5. CAP says:

    What kind of night clubs submit patrons to pad down and metal detector check ?

    What night clubs in the US historically enjoy the number one spot for patrons who end up shot, injured, or killed due to violence?

    What night clubs cost the cities hundred of thousands of dollars in Police and Fire Rescue services due to violence overspill onto city streets?

    What holiday weekend celebration in Miami Beach holds the S. Florida record for arrests, violence, death, and trashing of a community?

    And Finally …….

    What community needs to hold political and law enforcement press conference begging the resident NOT to celebrate New Year’s Eve and Independence day with Gun Fire ?

    Survey Said: African American, Rap Hip Hop Gangster Mentally, and Ghetto Culture. La Moyeta !

    And yes I know my post will only last a few seconds due to censorship and political correctness. But you all know it’s the Plain Truth…..

  6. Tiredofignorantpeople says:

    @CAP what type of ignorant person posts such an obscene comment. What are the statistics for spanish clubs? Before you make such despicable comments you need to check yourself at the door. What kind of community keeps popping out babies like every two seconds, the fastest growing, and expects the government to take care of them? What kind of community has the most hoes? What kind of community has drug lords all over? What kind of community refuses to speak english in the USA? And finally add all the comments you initially made to this post. Survey said: spanish, paquitos who are also a part of the hip hop ghetto culture. Before you post such ignorant comments check the statistics of your own community first. Furthermore, Caribbean people and African American people are not the same. Love it when degenerate ignorant people post such heinous comments. Feel free to check the dictionary for all the educated words I used that probably flew right over your head. This was a senseless tragedy, let’s not use it to make uneducated comments. Thank you very much and have a great night.

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  7. jackson brown says:

    Ppl now a days is sooo ignorant that’s my cuz he was good man just got killed after he turn is life around rip lodge