- The Washington Times - Friday, December 30, 2011

A D.C. Council member is asking for the temporary closure of a Northwest nightclub that was the site of a double stabbing early Friday.

Two people were stabbed in front of Mood Lounge, a club in the 1300 block of 9th Street Northwest, according to police. Officers were alerted to the non-fatal stabbing around 1:15 a.m. and found that two men had been stabbed in the back and stomach.

Council member Jack Evans, Ward 2 Democrat called Friday for the police department to issue a 96-hour closure of the club, adding that several prior incidents at the club are currently under investigation by the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control board.

“Enough is enough, our residents shouldn’t have to put up with this in their neighborhood any longer,” Mr. Evans said in a statement. “The strain this establishment places on our citizens, police, and city services can no longer be tolerated.”

He added that it was reported the stabbing resulted from a fight inside the club that spilled out into the street.
Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier has authority to shutter clubs that are the site of violent outbreaks for up to 96 hours following an incident.

MPD spokeswoman Officer Tisha Gant did not know if the chief is planning to order the club’s closure or whether the two stabbing victims were patrons of Mood Lounge.

As of early Friday afternoon, there was “nothing in the pipeline” in terms of a closure, Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration spokeswoman Cynthis Simms said.

The last club closed by Chief Lanier was Heritage India, a Dupont Circle restaurant that was hosting a late night party in November when a fight broke out and one person was fatally shot and six others injured, either shot, stabbed or beaten.

The restaurant reopened last week under the stipulation that it not host any parties by outside promoters.

Chief Lanier has invoked her closure authority 11 times this year, including seven times after a stabbing occurred either inside or near a venue, according to data provided by ABRA. Two clubs, Fur and the Scene have been closed more than once.



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