Just after midnight last night, two armed men entered the club and held up employees, during which two were shot. The employees were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Berkeley police and an Alameda County sheriff apprehended one of the suspects near the club, but the other remains at large.
The incident happened as the world music institution celebrates its fortieth anniversary with a ten-day series of concerts and events, the end of which is this weekend. The shooting is not a first for Ashkenaz: Founder David Nadel was shot and killed in 1996 by a drunk patron who returned to the club after he kicked him out.
Ashkenaz posted to its Facebook page that the club will remain open for its scheduled concerts this weekend.