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Update: City responds to south Columbus night club shootings

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

The Club Ciroc shooting Saturday night marks the third fatal south Columbus nightclub shooting this year.

Dr. Xavier McCaskey, a Columbus Psychotherapist, grew up in south Columbus and says crime has always been an issue in the area.

"There's a problem with crime on the south-side," says McCaskey. "The solution is that people need jobs, they need educational training, they need skills training, and they need to know the city cares about them."

These clubs have been on close watch by the city. A January shooting led to the pulling of the liquor license at Majestic Sports Bar. The shootings at Foxy Lady Lounge, Club Creme and now, Club Ciroc has the city looking into these businesses.

"I think clubs in any city are a concern, particularly when they are late night clubs," says Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson. "They're also a concern for us when they're operating a bit off the grid."

With these clubs, the city makes sure they're operating within the laws and regulations placed on businesses.

"The more effective way for the city to keep a handle on these clubs is to make sure they're operating lawfully, with proper licensing, to make sure they're operating within the code, and that has to deal with crowd management and parking management," says Tomlinson.

Tomlinson says it's tough to shut down a business, because there has to be substantial proof the business is operating outside the law. It's been done, she says, but it's a long and difficult process.

"The law allows a great breadth of activity for someone's property and so you really have to be shown to be running a criminal haven, and that's a very high standard," says Tomlinson.

The mayor says they're currently pulling all Club Ciroc's complaints and seeing if the club has been following laws and regulations placed on businesses.

There have been several marches this year to protest nightclub violence in south Columbus. These marches have called on the city to investigate the clubs and shut them down if there is illegal activity.

Other reported nightclub shootings in 2013:

Majestic Sports Bar, January 1

Foxy Lady Lounge, March 25

Club Creme, May 6

Club Ciroc, September 14

 

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