Liquor Ordinance To Be Enforced
It's not a new law, but it's the first time it would be enforced.
Wednesday's shooting is the second time a shooting has occured outside the Hollywood nightclub. The first one is what prompted the city to pass the liquor ordinance last August. Part of that ordinance states bar owners may be held accountable for crimes committed within a 50 foot radius of their property. That means the owner of Hollywood's may be held reponsible for yesterday's shooting.
None of the other business owners in the area would grant an interview, but they say they worry it could have a negative impact on the downtown area. The chairman of the Jefferson City Liquor Control Board says this is the first time the board has ever needed to take action. But Hollywood's owner says other bars in Jefferson City have the same problem.
"Every bar in this city has problems which would require the liquor control board to get involved," said Fred Townsend, bar owner.
The Jefferson City police say they have no leads at this time as who fired a gun outside this nightclub and hope witnesses come forward with more information.
This law is just one section of the liquor ordinance the Jefferson City Council passed last August. In addition, it is illegal to have an open container on public property. That includes sidewalks outside of businesses. All establishments are required to remove tinting and keep outdoor windows clear with bright lighting on the inside.