ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A shooting at an underage Albuquerque nightclub, early Sundaymorning, has neighbors concerned their worst fears have becomereality.
Residents, who live near UV Nightclub, on Central Avenue nearWashington Street, never wanted the underage club to open. It's been a little over a month after the club’s grandopening and police are now investigating a shooting that took placeright outside.
Albuquerque police said officers were called to the club around2 a.m., Sunday. When they arrived officer found out that a fighthad broken out in the alley behind the club and a man, 26, wasrushed to the hospital.
“The shooter was seen leaving in a gray newer model fordpickup,” Albuquerque Public Safety Department Spokesman T.J.Wilham said.
Wilham said the man was shot in the arm at least once. JamesPrasek was across the street when the shooting started. He said heheard a lot more than one shot.
“One shot rang out over in the alley there and then fiveother shots,” Prasek said.
Prasek said the shooting is exactly what neighbors were worriedabout. However, after he found out the age of the shooting victimhis concerns grew.
“Allowing individuals that are over 21 to come in whenthey are having a 16 plus party,” Prasek said.
The club had advertised the 16 plus party on flyers and on theirwebsite. KRQE News 13 called the owner, Jon Chavez, and askedabout the younger teens mingling with those over 21 and he said itdoes happen.
“I guess we make a judgment at the door,” Chavezsaid. “Sometimes a 20 year old is friends with a 21 year old.We're not going to say that they both can’t come intogether.”
However, Chavez said those over 21 are only allowed inside ifthey're not intoxicated.
The city said it has no control over that issue because theclub does not sell booze.
“Whether or not they could have 16, 13 years olds, anyoneunderage is something between their insurance carrier,”Wilham said.
Prasek said while the club is not licensed to serve booze he hasseen people drinking outside.
“I knew this was going to happen,” Prasek said.“We have not learned a lesson from this. Time and time againthis happens, every single time with these underagebusinesses.”
Chavez said they have not seen any drinking on their premises.As for the shooting, he said he does not know if the men in thefight were at the club earlier and that bouncers did not recognizeany of them.
City officials had to delay the opening of the UV Nightclubbecause of a string of failed fire and planning inspections. Thoseissues were all fixed.
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