DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — The shooting happened outside Wally's Roadhouse and Gentlemen's Club along Highway 2 around 1 a.m. Saturday morning, Feb. 13.
Bartender Ashley Johnson said she doesn't how she is still alive.
"No one goes to work thinking this will happen," she said.
According to Ramsey County Sheriff Steve Nelson, 22-year-old Mauricio Colindres of Miami, Fla., started the events that night.
"There was a female patron who was growing irritated, and another gentleman stepped up and asked him to leave her alone and that's when those two started the altercation," Nelson said.
That took place out in the the parking lot. The sheriff said it appears Colindres was winning the fight when other patrons broke it up. That's when Colindres asked his friend, 28-year-old Alex Spara from Devils Lake, for a favor.
"He said, 'Go get the gun,' and he went to the vehicle and got the gun and brought it back to him," said Nelson.
Colindres then allegedly fired at least a handful of shots into the building. About three dozen people were inside. One man, who was not involved in the fight, was hit in the knee. He is expected to recover.
"There were a couple more near misses inside with people where rounds went by them," Nelson said.
One of those people was bartender Ashley Johnson. She was in the bathroom, which is right inside the front door.
"As I looked into the mirror in front of me, I saw the mirror shatter and a bullet hole through it not more then maybe 9-10 inches from my head," she said.
Johnson quickly started running toward the front door, not realizing the bullets were coming from outside.
"As I ran towards the door to get out, four more came flying through the wall right behind me," Johnson said.
Nelson said Colindres and Spara drove away in a pickup but were arrested within minutes as officers driving to the strip club spotted the vehicle in the city.
Colindres is being held on attempted murder charges, and Spara as an accomplice to attempted murder.
Nelson said they don't have any more problems at the strip club compared to other bars in the city, and the shooting is not an example of the normal behavior there.