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Local activist calling on city to examine clubs in south Columbus

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A local activist is calling on the city to examine all clubs in the south Columbus area saying they attract crime. This comes after Wednesday morning's murder of 20-year-old Shannon Fields Jr. inside the Foxy Lady Lounge on Victory Drive.

Just about two months ago Reverend Willie Phillips was marching to shut down the Majestic Sports Bar where a New Year's Day shooting left one man dead and six others wounded.

Now he's planning a march this Saturday, March 30th at 11 AM to protest against violence in south Columbus. It will be held in front of the Foxy Lady Lounge. "We need to get serious about this issue of these nightclubs in south Columbus," said Phillips.

He said for years he's seen illegal activity at clubs in the area. Now he's calling on the city to investigate the clubs and shut them down if there is illegal activity.

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said because of this shooting police are already compiling the incident reports and 9-1-1 calls regarding Foxy Lady to see if it rises to the level of being a crime haven.  It will take a few days before she receives the report, but she said the process is not quick or easy.

"We support all lawful businesses, but you must have a lawful business. You certainly cannot have a dangerous business," Tomlinson said.

Tomlinson said her office looks into every citizen's concern. After the majestic shooting, she marched with Reverend Phillips in support of closing the bar. Her office has started the process of declaring it a crime haven.

But Tomlinson said it's not easy to prove a place attracts illegal activity, "You must have repetitive or multiple incidences of prostitution, drugs, violence."

In the past, public establishments have been shut down in Columbus because of criminal activity. It took the better part of at least a year, but in 2006 the Firehouse Club in north Columbus was declared a public nuisance by a judge and was shut down.

The District Attorney's Office said during a three-year period there were more than 320 9-1-1 calls regarding the Firehouse Club that lead to over 200 police reports.

But Tomlinson said condemning a business also depends on the magnitude of the incidents.

Muscogee County Property Tax Records list Ok Sun Adams as the owner of Foxy Lady. News 3 tried, unsuccessfully to reach out to her for a comment Thursday.

Sydney Cameron

Sydney joined the WRBL news team in December 2011 after working as a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. More>>

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