Former KISS Guitarist Caught in Gunfire
Former KISS lead guitarist Bruce Kulick was shot early Thursday morning during a melee outside a West Hollywood nightclub, Reuters reports. The musician was hit in the leg by a bullet and grazed by another to the head after an angry patron purportedly opened fire into a crowd of 300 people.
Sheriff's officials said shots were fired at 1:20 a.m. outside the Rainbow Bar and Grill, the legendary rock bar located on Sunset Strip. A drunk patron reputedly got into an argument inside the bar, returned to his car for a 9-mm gun, and then opened fire into a crowd outside the patio area of the bar.
One other person was slightly injured during the rampage. The gunman was quickly wrestled to the ground by a nightclub patron and held down by others until police arrived, said the news service.
Kulick, 49, was treated at a hospital and released. Another man was shot in the foot, deputies said. Neither Kulick (who performed with KISS from 1984 to 1995) nor his representatives could be reached by Reuters for comment.
The gunman, who was not immediately identified by police, was in jail on Thursday on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. L.A. TV station KNBC reports that the suspect was 21 years old.
A spectator also tells the station that people were wrestling the alleged gunman in the middle of the street in attempt to pry the gun out of his hand. Eventually he was thumped on the head and subdued.
After leaving KISS, Kulick released a solo album and performed with the band Union and 1970s rockers Grand Funk Railroad.
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