Nightclub breeds violence - - Jackson, MS

Nightclub breeds violence

By David Kenney - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Residents near a Jackson nightclub say the violence needs to stop.

This past weekend 27-year-old Ledrick Simmons was charged with the murder of 26-year-old Marcus Smith. Police said Simmons stabbed Smith in the neck with a broken beer bottle at Chuckie's Lounge on East Ridgeway street.

Police said they've investigated five shootings at the club since the first of the year. Nearby residents said more needs to be done to curb violence in the club parking lot.

A week earlier a man who lives across the street was hit by a stray bullet when a gun battle erupted in a nearby parking lot. The participants had just left Chuckies.

The shooting victim who doesn't want to be identified said, "Either they beef up security, or more JPD being around or shut it down."

In the past, Jackson police shut down other nightclubs they deemed were a nuisance. We were unable to reach police officials to see if they planned to label Chuckie's lounge as a threat also.

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