Violence in night club parking lot

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News 12 at 11, February 18, 2008

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- Richmond County Investigators are searching for answers after a shooting outside Club Platinum on North Leg Road. Investigators are looking for 19-year-old Dominique Williams. The latest shooting was early Sunday morning around 1 am. Investigators said a 17-year-old was shot in the hip in the club's parking lot.

Sunday morning's shooting is one of many at Club Platinum. Investigators said the problem is in the parking lot.

Jerry Green is the general manager at the Salvation Army, next door to Club Platinum. He said he's seen enough.

"They need to really crack down on that place. We've come in, mornings and there will be beer bottles and glass, everything," Jerry Green said.

He said their trucks have been vandalized. Everything from spray paint to broken bottles left right under the tires. Green said its been happening every weekend for the past several months.

"And it's a shame because some people do go to those places to unwind and then now you have people like that come, just to start something," Green said.

Investigators said most of the violence happens in the parking lot between 1:00 and 2:00 in the morning. Investigators said the safest option is to remove people from the parking lot as soon as the club closes.

"You're either inside the establishment or your off the property. That is one of the safest ways to conduct business because that cuts down on people's access in the parking lot, cuts down on altercations between groups and it keeps groups from congregating, especially if there's been past history among individuals," Sgt. Richard Roundtree said.

VICE Investigator Tony Hyatt said in the past year, there have been more than 100 calls to Club Platinum. Calls for fights, car break-ins, gun shots in the parking lot, and murder.

"Yes, it's excessive. It's to a point, yes we're going to address the issue. We're looking at things right now and we're going to decide on what actions are going to be taken against that business," Investigator Tony Hyatt said.

Green said he just wants the violence and vandalism to stop.

"There's no place for it, tighter security maybe. But something needs to change," Green said.

And remember, we're talking about a teen club here. They don't even sell alcohol. VICE Investigators said they are in the process of a comprehensive review of Club Platinum's license.

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