The 19-year-old gunned down outside the Empire Club in Hollywood two weekends ago in violence caught on tape had been inside the venue despite its 21-and-older policy, police tell the Weekly.
Both the victim, Andre Lowe, and the alleged shooter, 22-year-old Robert Earl Thomas, are believed to have been inside the club before violence erupted outside Jan. 13 after 2 a.m., detectives said.
According to the LAPD ...
... it's not clear if Lowe had been drinking.
But a detective told us, in terms of his age and the club's 21-and-up door rule, "you do the math."
We understand the club does card patrons and puts them through a security check that includes a wand.
Despite the initial reports from police that fighting inside the club had spilled outside, detectives now say that there was no fighting inside the venue that they know of.
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Rather, they say, there was "tension" and "beef" inside that exploded outside. A detective told us:
What happened inside precipitated what happened outside.
Thomas, who police say is a Carver Park Compton Crips member, was arrested in Las Vegas a week ago in connection with the shooting and was awaiting extradition.