Liam Payne narrowly avoided a gunman who opened fire after being denied entry to a nightclub in Hollywood.
The 23-year-old musician was partying at the Peppermint Club in Los Angeles when a man who had been refused entry to the venue on the grounds of having a fake ID got into a scuffle with security and opened fire in the car park.
The One Direction star – who is rumoured to be expecting a baby with his girlfriend Cheryl – is said to have remained inside the club while the drama unfolded in the car park, according to TMZ.
The events were detailed by clubbers on Twitter, one of whom wrote: "Shooting @ the peppermint club. I’m f***ing shaking right now. (sic)"
Another tweeter added: "Shooting at peppermint… I’m shook. Scariest moment of my life and the 10 ppl who were on the patio with me. #whatisgoingonintheworld (sic)"
Earlier this month, meanwhile, Liam announced he was auctioning off a lunch date for charity.
The singer said he would fly one fan and their friend out to Los Angeles, fork out for their accommodation in a lavish hotel and treat them to a slap-up meal at one of his favourite Japanese restaurants in Malibu, California, in order to raise money for RED’s fight for an AIDS-free generation.
He explained: "It’s a bit like stepping into my office, only better. Because afterwards we’ll get the chance to talk one on one about anything you like. Better yet, we’ll have a chat over lunch at one of my favourite restaurants in Malibu. Trust me, you’ll love it. So what are you waiting for?
"It’s going to be an amazing day. And not only will you have some amazing pictures to remember it by, you’ll also have my sincere gratitude because every entry supports RED’s fight for an AIDS-free generation."