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Club Karma closed until next hearing

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Nicole Gerber


PROVIDENCE - There was outburst over testimony Monday in front of the licensing board.

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 straw.

"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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