MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) - The Michigan Liquor Control Commission has suspended the license of a Muskegon lodge at which three people were killed and four more were hurt on Sunday.
DuPree Barnes, Jacolby Brown and Jalisa Love were shot and killed outside the Elk's Charity Lodge on Ottawa Street around 2 a.m. Sept. 22. Four other people were also injured. Police have not yet identified a shooter or shooters.
Tuesday, the City of Muskegon and Muskegon Police Department went before the Liquor Control Commission, asking that it issue an emergency suspension of the Elk's Charity Lodge's licenses, the City said Friday in a release.
The city informed the commission about the Sunday shooting, said there was another shooting in June, and that the police department had received more than 21 calls to the location within the last nine months.
Records provided by the city reveal those calls included a civil family dispute, trespassing, a hit-and-run crash, weapons offenses, intimidation/stalking, larceny from a vehicle, nonaggravated assault, damage to property, and other various incidents.
There were nine calls to the club in 2012, seven in 2011 and 22 in 2010.
The Michigan Liquor Commission determined that the club was violating the terms of its Club License by serving non-members.
The commission suspended the lodge's Sunday Sales Permit and its Club License pending the findings of a post-suspension investigation.
The Elk's Charity Lodge is now prohibited from selling alcohol until further notice.
Muskegon Mayor Stephen Gawron told 24 Hour News 8 earlier this week that he thinks the club should be shut down.
But Lodge members say their establishment isn't the problem and that Sunday's shooting was a symptom of a larger violence problem in Muskegon.
Muskegon police continue to investigate the Sunday shooting and are still looking for tips from the public.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Muskegon Police Department at 231.724.6750 or Silent Observer at 231-72-CRIME. Tips may also be texted to 274637, or submitted via the Lakeshore Silent Observer website or app.
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