EAST ALABAMA- Calls growing louder to shut down a Lee County club after a deadly shooting there
over the weekend.
The shooting happened early Sunday morning at the Rhythm and Blues Sports Bar on Highway 29 north in Cusseta, Alabama.
“What goes through your mind when you’re trying to sleep at night? Oh my God! The fear of bullets coming through your house maybe hitting one of your kids or something like that..that right there..sinks into a person’s mind.”- says Gary Colley, who lives near the club.
He says there’s excessive criminal activity in the area of the Rhythm and Blues Sports Bar.
Colley says he lives across the street.
He tells News Three during the time of the early Sunday morning deadly club shooting he was in the bed.
“When my wife woke me up I counted nine..don’t know how many was before that..she said maybe 15.”- says Colley.
According to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office- 28-year-old Tamichael Jones was shot and killed .
Police say, the shooting happened during a private party.
Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones says since September of 2017 there have been efforts to close down the club.
“Appeal has been filed on behalf of the club which allows for judicial review at this point so were still pending due process… My point being..we have been in the process of trying to shut this club down.”- says Jones.
Charlie Pruitt, the owner of the club tells News Three, he’s considering doing away with the appeal, allowing the Sheriff’s Office to move forward, with closing the club down.
“On the weekend it picks traffic up quite a bit .”- says John Dean, lives near the club.
Dean explains why he believes it’s so dangerous.
“Anytime you begin to bring strangers in from outside that aren’t concerned about anything but themselves and their own party habits or tactics or whatever they really don’t care about the people who live here.”- says Dean.
Lee County Coroner Bill Harris says the club shooting was one of four deaths that happened in the area over the weekend.
He has a message for the community in an effort to put an end to tragedy.
“Be careful out there, watch your surroundings and think about what you do before you do it. There was a program..the life you save may be your own.”- says Harris.