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Surveillance video used in Club Karma hearing

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Nicole Gerber


PROVIDENCE - City officials say they have proof that last weekend's shooting at Club Karma happened inside. And if the Board of Licenses agrees, it could mean that the nightclub is forced to close its doors for good.

Today, city officials showed the board surveillance footage - video they say shows both a man who entered the club with a gun, and the moments it went off, striking two Massachusetts men.

Testimony today showed that hired security staff at the club was not licensed with the city - a requirement for bouncers in Providence.

And while city officials say safety responsibility lies with the club management, the owners say they cannot be held responsible.

"Our defense is going to be, and you will see, that we did everything we could and our security company simply absolutely failed us. It was an accident. It was an accident that could have occurred in a mall," said lawyer/club owner Peter Petrarca.

Karma will remain closed at least until the next meeting.

The Board of Licenses will convene again on Monday at city hall, at which time the defense is expected to call on its witnesses.

Club Karma is currently for sale.

The owner says this incident has nothing to do with putting the nightclub on the market.

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