News 12 at 11, February 17, 2008
Augusta, Ga. --- Club Platinum, a nightclub at the corner of North Leg Road and Wrightsboro Road in Augusta. Saturday nights shooting isn't the first. Back in February 2000, there was a drive by shooting in the Club Tinted Windows nightclub parking lot. That shooting left one man shot in the arm.
In May 2000, three men were arrested after a shooting. Investigators said the three were arguing with two others in the parking lot, when one of the men pulled out a gun and started shooting. Four people were shot.
In May 2005, a man was shot at Club Tinted Windows. After that shooting, the club took on new ownership and a new name. And owner Rakeim McMorris promised to turn the club's image around.
"We did everything in our power to assure the kids safety so I don't feel we should be shut down," Club Platinum Owner, Rakeim McMorris said.
He made that statement after a shooting last July, when 24-year-old Nicholas Carpenter was killed outside the same club. 16-year-old Denzel Ward was charged in that shooting. Investigators said he shot him from across the parking lot.
"It was just shocking to me to think that someone would shoot across the parking lot like that and kill someone," McMorris said.
Mcmorris said then, he was working hard to turn the club's image around and working to make sure the club was a safe place for his customers.
"So what we're going to do in a proactive approach is hire more deputies inside and outside to prevent this from happening in the future," McMorris said.
After that July shooting, investigators said the club's license could be in jeopardy, but it wasn't closed down. This time, Sgt. Elim with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office said because of the incident there will be a comprehensive review of Club Platinum's license. Investigators are still working out the details of the Sunday morning shooting.