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City files papers to shut down East End club

Rochester, N.Y. - The city of Rochester has filed legal papers Tuesday to shut down Captains Attic after recent violence in the East End.

The city cited Captains Attic for 26 serious violations, including shootings and fights.

One business in the area was hit by the most recent shooting near the club.

On Sunday night, a stray bullet went into the building of co-owner Mary Ellen Hills massage therapy office. The bullet went through the second floor window of the studio and hit a wall in one of the rooms. 

Luckily, no one was inside at the time.

Hill said the club is a trouble spot that affects other businesses and makes people leery of coming downtown. 

She also told 13WHAM that the bullet was one of two that were fired near the Captains Attic.

Owner of Temple Bar and Grill in the East End Mike OLeary said he increased security, not because of problems, but because of the perception created by trouble at other clubs. He worries that everyone could lose business if things dont change.

Eventually the perception that its not a safe area will spill over and affect us all, OLeary said.

The city said that Captains Attic has ten days to request a hearing and can remain open until a decision is made on whether to shut it down. 

The state liquor authority is also investigating and could take steps to revoke the clubs liquor license, which could shut it down sooner.

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