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Police Chief investigates nightclub
by Kelsie Smith
Rochester, N.Y. - The Rochester Police Department will decide whether or not a nightclub will stay open after several violent incidents over the holiday weekend.
What we are doing is were reviewing their conditional license and then were going to make a determination after our review on how were going to go forward, said Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard. Obviously if they are going to continue we will need to bring additional resources to play.
With the decrease in bars in the St. Paul and Andrews Streets, it's easier to determine which establishment's patrons are causing trouble, according to Sheppard.
Four people were shot Thanksgiving morning near the club; 23-year-old Norman Simmons Jr. Of Rochester was shot in mid torso, 23-year-old Theodore Robertson of Rochester was shot in the lower torso, 25-year-old Andrell George of Rochester was shot in the mid torso, and 25-year-old Sohn Travis of Rochester was shot in the lower torso.
Shots were also fired Sunday morning.
Neighbors say they've been complaining to police and the New York State Liquor Authority about violence outside Plush Lounge and Nightclub.
Neighbors took video near the nightclub to show how violent the area is after the club closes.
We're not in the business about closing businesses that's not what the city is all about, said Sheppard. But at the same time we can't allow a business to continue to operate that continues to bring problems to the community.
Sheppard said he should make his decision about the clubs future Tuesday.
The NYS Liquor Authority is also investigating.