Prosecutors in Lehigh County have dismissed attempted homicide charges in connection with an early-morning nightclub shooting after witnesses refused to cooperate.
Raymond J. Clavell faced two counts each of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment for allegedly shooting into a crowd outside the Dubai Nightclub at American Parkway and Hamilton Street on Sept. 10.
Clavell was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge Donna Butler and actually entered a not guilty plea before Assistant District Attorney Michael Edwards asked that the charges be dismissed.
A preliminary hearing initially scheduled for last month was delayed when one of the two witnesses could not be present. The district attorney's office has not been able to contact that witness.
A second witness has since indicated he does not wish to cooperate in the case, and Edwards said prosecutors have not since been able to contact him.
The district attorney's office does have the option to re-file charges at a later date.
But Clavell will not be walking out of Lehigh County Jail just yet. The 20-year-old is facing a handful of pending drug charges in an unrelated case, including two felony counts of possession with intent to deliver. His $50,000 bail in that case has been revoked.
Police responded to the nightclub just before 2 a.m. for reports of several fights breaking out inside the club and in the parking lot. As officers attended to the fights, they heard several shots coming from a parking lot on the west side of the building.
A large crowd began to scatter as gunshots rang out, and police running to the back of the building found at least two people shot. Police said one victim was shot in the leg, and that a second victim was found laying unresponsive in the lot with a gunshot wound that damaged vital organs, according to court records.
Investigators interviewed a witness, who provided a description of Clavell, according to records. He was stopped in the area of Race and Hamilton streets, and witness identified him as the man waving around a gun and firing it at the crowd when the two men were shot, police said.
In the drug case, investigators learned that Clavell was allegedly dealing drugs out of a room at the Scottish Inn at 1701 Catasauqua Rd. Authorities conducted surveillance on Dec. 9, approaching Clavell and another man as they left the hotel.
The two ran toward the Route 22 on ramp before they were apprehended. Police allege they found about 28 grams of crack and $242 cash on Clavell and 580 baggies of heroin in the car.