State Suspends Nightclub Permit After New Years Shooting

The State Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission has suspended the permit for a Jacksonville nightclub where two men were shot New Years morning.

The Rock Nightclub on North Marine Boulevard immediately loses its alcohol permits. The action was requested by Jacksonville police and the state's Alcohol Law Enforcement Division.

Police say there was a parking lot full of mayhem at the nightclub, as, according to a news release, police were hampered by the crowd of several hundred as club security staff "provided minimal assistance".

No arrests have been made in the shooting of Bakari Lockhart and Shabazz Chapman.

The ABC Commission says it's not the first time there have been problems at The Rock. After a June 2009 shooting, an ALE agent spoke with the club manager about laws and available training to assist the club’s employees about complying with the laws. Police told the ABC Commission that the January 1st shooting continues a pattern "that causes a danger to the public and officers of the Jacksonville Police Department."

Jacksonville police say there's been a nightclub at that location since 1990, and under current management since 2008. They says the nightclub has been a constant strain on police resources over the years.

ALE has already picked up the permits, and an automatic hearing on the suspension will be held before the Office of Administrative Hearings.

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