MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) - The City of Muskegon has pulled the business license for a club where three people were killed and four more were shot late last month.
The Elks Charity Lodge on Ottawa Street was rented out to a group for a party, after which shots rang out in the crowd around 2 a.m. on Sept. 22. Seven people total were shot. DuPree Barnes, Jacolby Brown and Jalisa Love were killed. Love -- a young mother -- was also run over by a car in the chaos. No one has yet been charged in their deaths.
Among its reasons to revoke the business license, the City of Michigan cited an Oct. 9 memo from the Muskegon Police Department.
In the memo, Director of Public Safety Jeff Lewis outlined the circumstances of the Sept. 22 shooting and noted other instances of shots fired, assaults and fights at or near the lodge since 2010 -- including incidents in which "individuals were shooting guns in that area indiscriminately."
The memo called it "a pattern of violent crime."
"The Muskegon Police Department (officials) have had a number of discussions with the club representatives about planned illegal parties and unacceptable practices that finally led to the temporary closure of the establishment. The area of the club is patrolled regularly by both the district police car and the neighborhood police officer. These efforts have caused the Elks Club to cancel some planned events, while others went undetected by law enforcement these illegal events turned violent leaving patrons injured and dead!" the memo reads in part.
The memo also includes figures detailing police calls to the lodge dating back to 2007.
Additionally, according to a letter from the city informing the club of the suspension, the business license lists the lodge a "non-profit" organization. However, both state and federal tax authorities revoked that status in recent years.
Without a business license, the lodge cannot operate in the city. It has been closed since the shooting.
The state Liquor Control Commission already revoked the liquor license for the Elks Charity Lodge, saying the establishment was operating outside the bounds of its club license by serving non-members.
Muskegon police continue to investigate the shooting and are still looking for tips from the public.
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