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AllStars shooting recalls safety worries

November 5, 2007


Shots fired outside North Lawrence club sends one man to hospital

Police say a Kansas City man was shot in the leg early Sunday morning following a fight outside the club Allstars. Enlarge video

A shooting at a North Lawrence strip club early Sunday left one man wounded, and a suspect is at large.

Luis Arias, 32, of Wetherby, Mo., was shot in the leg after an altercation involving 10 to 15 people outside AllStars, 913 N. 2nd St., police said. The shooting occurred at 1:40 a.m. Sunday. Arias was admitted to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and later released.

The shooting brings new questions about the safety of Lawrence establishments. It recalls the February 2006 shooting that killed Robert Earl Williams outside the Granada, 1020 Mass., and the May 2006 incident at Last Call where shots sent patrons scattering for safety. Last Call, 729 N.H., installed metal detectors following the incident there.

Police reported 21 weapons violations in downtown Lawrence from June 2005 to June 2007.

"We are treating this as a very serious incident," said Lawrence police spokesman Sgt. Richard Nickell. Police have not identified a suspect but say they are looking for a black male who was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt.

A man who identified himself as an AllStars manager refused to comment for this story.

Janet Brown, an employee at Woody's Gas Express, located across the street from AllStars, was surprised to hear that a shooting occurred.

"Sometimes they're rowdy; sometimes they're quiet," she said. "Usually it's pretty quiet. It's surprising."

Brown said she noticed a stream of party buses in the AllStars' parking lot Sunday but had never heard of such a violent incident in the six months she has worked across from AllStars.

It is not the first time gun violence has stemmed from the club. In June 2005, police investigated gunshots fired in the parking lot. No one was injured, and AllStars manager Will Reed said in published reports that he didn't think patrons were involved in the 2005 incident.

In 2002, when the club was known as Bada Bing, a man threatened a police officer with a crowbar.

Police responding to Sunday's shooting recovered a weapon from one AllStars patron and are interviewing several others. According to witnesses, a second man fired the shot that struck Arias.

Last year, Lawrence city commissioners were considering measures to increase safety at local establishments, including the creation of an entertainment license that would give the city more power to regulate businesses, and a city-run program that would license and train bouncers and security personnel. But no conclusion on the proposals was reached.

In March, the city approved changes to an existing ordinance that outlaws carrying a weapon within 200 feet of a drinking establishment unless a person has a concealed-carry permit or meets several other specific exceptions. Punishment includes stricter fines and the threat of longer jail sentences.

At 6 p.m. Sunday, it appeared that business went on as usual at the club, where 14 cars sat in the parking lot.

Nickell urged anyone with additional information to call the CrimeStoppers hotline at 843-TIPS.


Sigmund 10 years, 5 months ago

"[I]t appeared that business went on as usual at the club, where 14 cars sat in the parking lot." I guess after all the blintzes you didn't have an appetite for cherry cheesecake?

bearded_gnome 10 years, 5 months ago

okay signund, just sit there smug in your little keyboard...I for one am relieved that life went on as normal at this highly reputable strip bar, and that cars were parked in the parking lot. did the ljw reporter scan those cars for say, guns, or outa town plates...NO! just painting a little norman rockwell stripper club moment! thanks...and the train was not damaged in the suicide attempt!

At 6 p.m. Sunday, it appeared that business went on as usual at the club, where 14 cars sat in the parking lot.

bearded_gnome 10 years, 5 months ago

after the word "keyboard" should have come the word "world."

sigmund, I hope this is a lesson to you, and others like you, you riffraff.

Confrontation 10 years, 5 months ago

Are we supposed to feel sorry for a customer of a strip club? I hope not, because I don't.

Sigmund 10 years, 5 months ago

Perhps my comment would have made more sense had I noted that Alex Parker wrote both the story on the Jewish Center and life back to normal at the Boobie Bar. I could a only assume the journalist over induldged in blintzes and therefore could only quickly drive through the All Stars parking lot to assure us all was fine.

maxcrabb 10 years, 5 months ago

So who exactlly needed reminding that things can get out of control when alcohol is present? Who needed reminding that several guns have been confiscated, and several people shot in altercations linked to downtown bars and assorted strip clubs throughout town?

Do you all leave for the summer and come back suprised that Lawrence still has problems?

Or does the Journal World want us to believe that there was some kind of "peace-time" for criminal activity until this shooting?

Wake up.

bearded_gnome 10 years, 5 months ago

by the way, sigmund, my comment was made with a malicious sarcastic smile...just to clarify.

I actually did get your ref to the the celebration tieing it in. what got me about the article was the tone of that sentence I quoted and you quoted. sort of ward and June visit the strip bar? oh, look, there go the Cleavers. just seemed strange.

like the "the train was not damaged in the suicide attempt" from another story some months ago...not quite ad up.

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