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Parolee Lazarus Payton Wanted for Shooting Outside Church Street Club

August 8, 2014

August 8, 2014


West Precinct detectives have now identified parolee Lazarus Payton as the suspected gunman who opened fire outside club WKND in the 1700 block of Church Street just before 11 p.m. on July 18th.  Arrest warrants charging Payton with two counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault and felony vandalism were issued during the night.
Payton, 31, is alleged to be the man who was ejected from the club about 15 minutes before the shooting.  That person returned and opened fire at the front of the building.  A man working in a security capacity for a valet service was critically wounded.  One woman received a non-critical wound to her leg.  Another man received a minor graze wound to his foot.
Payton was convicted of aggravated assault, felony reckless endangerment, felony evading and unlawful gun possession in February 2007.  He received sentences totaling 12 years.  He registered as an ex-con with the MNPD in February of this year.
Anyone seeing Lazarus Payton or knowing his whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.  Citizens can also send an electronic tip to Crime Stoppers by texting the word “CASH” along with their message to 274637 (CRIMES) or online at  Those who contact Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.

Lazarus Payton