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New Jersey 'go-go bar' shooting: 3 dead, 2 hurt

Three men were shot dead and two others wounded outside a "go-go bar" in New Jersey early Christmas morning, officials said.

The shooting happened outside Slick's Go-Go Bar, in Irvington, N.J., at 12.45 a.m. ET on Wednesday, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office told NBC News.

The prosecutor's office identified two of the victims as Pierre Clervoyant Jr., 34, the son of the club's owner, and Woodley Daniel, 32, an employee of the club. 

Daniel, a bouncer, patted down a man trying to enter the nightclub, The Star-Ledger reported, citing an anonymous police source. The bouncer felt a gun triggering an altercation that spilled outside, the newspaper said.

"It appears the gunman was trying to enter the bar armed and was stopped by the bouncer," said Chief Anthony Ambrose of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. 

The shooter then fired an undetermined number of rounds, killing Daniel and Clervoyant, the bar's manager.

It was not clear how the third, unidentified man died. Authorities said he appears to have been an unintended target.

Two other people were shot: a 27-year-old male and a 34-year-old male, neither of whom police have identified. The two wounded men were taken to University Hospital in Newark.

The bar, which is in an industrial area, was hosting a theme party called "Sluddie Tuesday" at the time of the incident, The Star-Ledger reported.

Essex County Prosecutor’s Office office said the incident was being investigated by its homicide and major crimes task force.