PROVIDENCE - There was outburst over testimony Monday in front of the licensing
Peter Petrarca, lawyer and co–owner of Club Karma in Providence believes police testimony about a shooting at the nightclub
early Saturday morning is hearsay.
"The victims or the people who saw what was going on are
never subpoenaed, never brought in, we're never allowed to question what
happened." said Petrarca.
He and the city can only agree on one thing: that the
club will remain closed until the hearing continues on Thursday pending a
police review of surveillance footage.
Police say two men were shot inside the club early Saturday morning, which could result in the revocation of the club's license.
"If the allegations are proven to be true the first thing the
club will do is fire it's security team.... Obviously if this is true and a gun
got in, then someone didn't do their job," said Petrarca.
But this isn't the first instance of violence in and around Club Karma, and local neighbors say, they want this to be the last
"They've had stabbings inside the club they've had shootings
outside the club, it's been going on and on," said Arthur Salisbury, President, Jewelry District Association.
The people who want Karma to close say, it's not that they
don't want a club to be here.
"We want this to be an 18 hour area where we have lots of
people here at night, we have good restaurants, good nightclubs, and good other
venues," said Salisbury.
Petrarca will object to using the surveillance footage as
evidence. He says, it should only be used in the criminal investigation, which is ongoing.
One of the shooting victims has been treated and released
from the hospital.
The condition of the other, is not currently known.
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