At least one Lawrence city commissioner is calling on the city to look at ways of revoking the license of a nightclub that might have played a role in a Sunday morning shooting that left two men in critical condition.
City Commissioner Bob Schumm said he wanted the city to begin discussions with the state’s liquor regulators to revoke the license of Club Magic, at 804 W. 24th St.
Schumm — who is a downtown bar and restaurant owner — also said he thought the city should take additional steps to prevent the building from being used as a nightclub by other operators in the immediate future. The building was the site of a shooting in March 2012 when it was under different ownership and was operating as Taste Lounge, Bar and Grill.
“We have to do something better,” Schumm said. “That was pretty vicious what happened over the weekend.”
Police officers on Sunday morning came into contact with one shooting victim near Club Magic, after responding to reports of a person brandishing a gun inside the bar. As officers arrived at the club, they heard multiple gunshots going off a few blocks to the north and ultimately found a shooting victim in the 800 block of Greever Terrace.
Sean Hall, general manager of Club Magic, recently told the Journal-World that it was not clear whether the shooting was connected to Club Magic. He said he was as alarmed as everyone else about the violence and is inviting the police and public to an open meeting at the club at 7 p.m. Friday.
After the March 2012 shooting incident at Taste Lounge, Bar and Grill, the owner of the club ultimately surrendered his liquor license to the state. But Schumm said it appeared to him that a new operator with much the same operational practices almost immediately took over the location.
Schumm said he wanted city staff to research whether a local ordinance could prohibit such problem bar locations from being re-opened immediately after an incident. Staff members said they would investigate the feasibility of the ordinance, but typically matters of liquor licenses are controlled by state regulators.