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Neighbors outraged over violent week

Rochester, N.Y. - Violence erupted outside of a bar near St. Paul and Andrews Streets around 2 a.m. Sunday.

No one was shot, but neighbors said multiple gunshots were fired in front of Plush Lounge and Nightclub and Rochester Police received reports that one person had been stabbed.
According to Rural Metro, that person was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle.

With the second shooting in just three days, people who live near that nightclub said this is just the latest in a spate of violent outbursts linked to the bar.

On Thursday, early Thanksgiving morning, four people were shot and another was hit by a car on St. Paul Street after an argument near Plush.

Neighbors said the fights and the violence happen like clockwork, around 2 a.m. every Friday and Saturday night.

The bar lets out and the trouble begins.

Everybody knew right away those pop, pop, pop that those were gun shots and everybody screamed and ran, said Bunnie Kramer after the gunfire Sunday morning.

This is a pattern that many of the people in the St. Paul Quarter neighborhood said they know all too well.

Its very scary, said Carmen Shaeffer. You have all these crowds rushing around and gunshots going off, you dont know if youre going to get hit by a stray bullet.

Shaeffer said she and her neighbors have been complaining to the city and the police about the violent activity outside of the nightclub for years. We are dumbfounded. We dont understand why the city isnt doing anything.

In late February of 2012, Siquan Moore, 21, was fatally stabbed in front of that building at 151 St. Paul Street. Back then, it was called Club Venu. After that murder, the club shut down for about six months; then, neighbors said the same place reopened with a new name, Plush Lounge and Nightclub.

I mean, obviously something was going to happen and it's gotten worse, said Kramer.

People in the St. Paul Quarter Neighborhood Association said theyve started to videotape the violence and the chaos that occurs outside the club after closing.

Its exactly just from that one club, the neighborhood itself isnt a dangerous neighborhood, Kramer said. I mean any other night of the week we dont have that kind of stuff going on here.


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