D.C. nightclub’s liquor license suspended after weekend shooting

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The District’s alcohol board has suspended the liquor license of a club where five people were shot last weekend through at least Friday, when club operators are expected to appear before the board for a hearing.

An incident report on Saturday’s shooting, at The Scene in Northeast D.C., also provides further detail about the shooting than was previously available, describing how security officers had to remove two men from the club for fighting.

A crowd followed the men who were ejected from the club and another brawl erupted in the street.

At some point, a man pulled out a .40 caliber gun and began firing at the crowd, the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration report states. People attempted to take cover behind nearby cars, but four victims were shot in their legs and another person was hit in the chest. None of the gunshot wounds were fatal.

More than 350 people had attended a go-go concert at The Scene that night, the report states. The event was booked as a fundraiser for victims of a fatal car crash.

The report also details how The Scene has operated without a police detail, a requirement of operation since a violent incident there in 2010, since at least February.

The city’s alcohol board will hold a summary suspension hearing at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

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