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Shooting At A Strip Club In The Valley Leaves Two Dead

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A shooting at a strip club in Canoga Park early Saturday has left two men dead and another two injured.

KTLA reports that the shooting was likely the result of an attempted robbery, and that the two men who died were reportedly the suspects. They were seen outside of the club before the shooting occurred, wearing backpacks and carrying guns.

According to ABC-7, gunfire broke out between the suspects and two security guards who were working at the Xposed Gentlemen's Club on Canoga Avnue around 4:30 a.m. The security guards were hit, but are expected to survive.

LAPD Captain Paul Vernon told KTLA that "it was a fairly chaotic scene inside" the club, which was about to close. 15 people were inside at the time, and police later found multiple guns at the club.

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The L.A. Times notes that Xposed, which opened in 2001, has been a controversial presence in the area, writing, "Residents have complained about its sultry billboards featuring scantily clad women." According to the Times, the LAPD has made several attempts to shut down the club several times over the years, citing alleged "violence, prostitution and drug use," and mentioned another shooting that occurred in the parking lot in 2013.

Vernon told ABC-7 that just last week, two other robberies were allegedly tied to the goings-on at the club.