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Suspect wanted for shooting up club

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She's accused of shooting up an East Memphis nightspot, but now not only are police in search of Sundra Payne, the attention of the District Attorney's office might be drawn to the operations inside the previously quiet Club Venue.

While this business has an air of mystery, the previous tenants of the building had a reputation.

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Since its quiet opening in the summer of 2012, Club Venue has flown under the radar screen. There is no sign age designating it as a nightspot. There's been no splashy advertising. But, in one fell swoop, the 24-year-old Payne has brought citywide attention and a sense of curiosity about what's going on inside the East Memphis establishment.

As of this writing, Payne is still a wanted fugitive after allegedly shooting five people after a fracas broke out early Saturday morning inside the non-descript Club Venue, the location of the former infamous strip joint Club Platinum.

Club Venue's owners are listed by the city permits office as Terryl Buckner and Sammie Kuykendahl. FOX13 News couldn't reach either one of them for comment on the shooting.

Payne, on the other hand appears to have a criminal record that speaks for itself ranging from alleged battery and assault, forgery and theft charges on her lengthy arrest jacket. The longer she stays on the lam, Payne might be a worthy candidate to become "infamous."

Felony Assault investigators have issued a warrant for the suspect for five counts of Aggravated Assault and Reckless Endangerment.

If you can assist police in tracking down Payne you are urged to call Crime Stopper at 901-528-cASH. Your anonymous tip could lead to a cash reward.

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