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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  • by anonymous 2 Location: Jacksonvile on Jan 10, 2011 at 04:05 PM
    its funny that i was ther... all i can say is that thats the second shooting ive been ther with n ther is fights ther from time to time, this club should be shut down already, i hate the fact that we would not even have a good rest of the nite to celebrate the new year.Just becasue they dnt serve alchohol it does not mean that its gonna stop things from hapng ther. anyways i was there when it took place and i will not be going ther anymore.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 6, 2011 at 03:23 AM
    Funny2me This was not a live rock club, this was a hip hop bar which explains the shootings!
  • by Funny 2 Me on Jan 5, 2011 at 01:20 PM
    Now, several local rock bands are gonna be out of a gig this/next month. One time, a club my band was suppose to play was PADLOCKED by the city a week before our gig there. We didn't hear about it (living in another town 60 miles away) and it wasn't on the news. We got there ready to play, only to have to turn around and go home. The club owner never called us...(I think he went to jail)...what a busted weekend that was! lol
  • by justathought Location: gvegas on Jan 5, 2011 at 01:11 PM
    I guess they can go drink tea there now
  • by John Location: Windsor on Jan 5, 2011 at 12:11 PM
    More of these clubs need to be shut down!

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