MERRY HILL, BERTIE COUNTY -

Deputies say three people were shot outside a Bertie County nightclub over the weekend.

The shooting happened at about 3 a.m. Sunday at One StepUp Nightclub, located at 1536 Highway 17 North in Merry Hill, about 9.5 miles east of Windsor.

The nightclub owner Deval Taylor says a fight inside the club sparked the shooting.

"One bad apple spoiled a party Saturday night, one bad apple," said Taylor.

He showed us security footage of a fight that started off-camera then moved into the frame. Later, the footage shows patrons running away from what Taylor says are gun shots.

Taylor says he's asked for the help of law enforcement before.

"I've asked for help repeated from the elected governing officials and they told me they just can't do it because it's not an emergency and I don't understand why because I'm a tax payer," he said."

According to Bertie County Sheriff John Holley, three people were shot and two were taken to a hospital via private vehicles. But there is no word on the names of the victims or the extent of their injuries.

Taylor has a warning for the people who engaged in the shooting at his club.

"And for those who came to my club and done this before don't you ever come to my facility ever again," said Taylor.

The motive in the shooting is unclear. At last check, no arrest had been made. Anyone with information can call the Bertie County Sheriff's Office at 252-794-5330.