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Concerns mount over strip club shootings

In the last three months, three different shootings popped off at this popular establishment. Source: Surveillance footage In the last three months, three different shootings popped off at this popular establishment. Source: Surveillance footage
These men are wanted for questioning in the shooting death of Sylvester Williams Source: JPD These men are wanted for questioning in the shooting death of Sylvester Williams Source: JPD
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

It's not uncommon to see blue lights from police cruisers outside the Black Diamonds club on Parcel Drive.

In the last three months, three different shootings popped off at this popular establishment.

One of them resulted in the death of 36-year-old Sylvester Williams.

"To me, it seems like it's a problem somewhere because you should be able to go to places and enjoy yourself without being worried about someone shooting if you got the proper security," said community activist Al Coleman.

That's not Coleman's only concern.

He, and others, think Black Diamonds should be gone for good.

"I have seen the city of Jackson, over the years, you know, make moves to do things and close down places, but I can't understand why they hadn't made an attempt to shut those people down," Coleman said.

Just last year, Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith led the charge to close a Northside Drive gas station, deeming it a public nuisance.

The action came after a Jackson police officer was injured in a shootout there.

JPD Chief Lee Vance said he'll provide the DA with all the information they need to make that call, should they decide to shut down Black Diamonds as well.

Mayor Tony Yarber said he has full confidence in Vance to do what needs to be done.

"I typically take his lead when it comes to issues around crime and whether or not we need to look at whether particular establishments have become a nuisance to the public," Yarber said.

 As for Coleman, he wants it stopped before it's too late.

"Something is wrong somewhere. Somebody doesn't care. I guess they're gonna be satisfied when more people get killed there," Coleman said.

3 On Your Side reached out to Smith but has not been able to get in touch with him to find out what his office plans to do about the strip club in question.

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