The party was still going just after 2 a.m. last Sept. 30 inside the Malibu Club in South Coatesville when the revelry was interrupted, authorities said, by an altercation at the door that escalated from pushes and shoves to gunfire.
The fight ended with 40-year-old Victor Wilson dead outside the club, felled by five gunshot wounds, some to the head and torso. The victim was originally from Kennett Square and worked as a produce manager for Acme Markets.
On Wednesday, the Chester County District Attorney's Office announced that Dominic "Buddha" Poulson, an associate of a regional crime organization called the "Cut Throat Family," had been charged in Wilson's murder.
"This is a case where a shoving match turned into a cold-blooded murder," District Attorney Thomas Hogan said in a statement. "The victim, a hard-working guy who was just celebrating a promotion, was gunned down because an out-of-town criminal felt disrespected."
Poulson, 28, most recently of Edwardsville, near Wilkes-Barre, had been spotted in the Coatesville area before Sept. 30, authorities said. Court records also indicate he had been arrested in Chester County on drug charges in August 2011.
In those early hours of Sept. 30, authorities said, Poulson was inside the club at 602 S. First Ave., and had a handgun, which he was not licensed to carry. When Wilson arrived, he and Poulson began arguing by the door. The fight turned physical and, at one point, Wilson pushed Poulson to the ground, according to court documents.
The two men then walked outside to have a fistfight, a "fair one" as witnesses told police. But, instead, Poulson pulled the gun and shot Wilson. Wilson fell to the ground. Poulson stood over him on the street, shot him several more times, and fled, according to the documents. Wilson was declared dead at the scene.
The party was crowded, and many who witnessed the deadly altercation aided police. Poulson was easy to identify, authorities said, because of tattoos on his forehead and neck that read "CTF" for "Cut Throat Family."
A "Cut Throat Family" sweatshirt was also located in the area where Poulson fled.