This weekend six people were sent to the hospital after a shooting outside Club Crave. The club is located on Beale Street but it's not part of what's known as Historic Beale Street. This particular building has a history of shootings and brawls.
Back in May of 2006, three people were injured inside what was then The Plush Club during a shooting at a birthday party for local rapper Yo Gotti. In September 2007 three Memphis basketball players got into a fight with club security. Two years later in 2009, a shooting outside the club sent 5 people to the hospital. In May 2010, 100 people fought at club which resulted in the arrests of 4 men and wounded 4 officers who were trying to break up the fight. The next month The Plush Club was closed as a public nuisance.
The following fall a family friendly restaurant called Marley's opened in the same space, but it closed earlier this year.
Though Club Crave has only been open for a few months, recent violence in the parking lot behind the club has the city speaking out about a possible shutdown.
"It's causing such a threat for the safety of folks who have to come through there to park in that area," said Mayor A C Wharton. "I don't know about tearing it down or not, but some other use than how it's being used now."
Around 3:00am on Sunday, police arrived after gunshots and found five people wounded. They say the alleged gunman turned the gun on cops who then shot her.
Randy Williams took over management a month ago and changed the club's name. But, some theorize the building is cursed, considering the multiple shootings inside or near the club over the years.
We're told the shooting stemmed from a fight on Beale and escalated to the public parking lot behind club. Club patrons also use the lot.
Williams says on party nights, there are two metal detectors at these doors and say they have a total of 26 security guards.
"We have wands and we also do pat downs," added Williams.
Going forward, Mayor Wharton says it's possible the District Attorney's Office could declare the business a nuisance.
Wharton was adamant something is going to be done, "They'll come back to me and say here are some alternatives... bottom line, it's got to stop. It's got to stop."
The accused shooter, Kristina Mullins, is still recovering in the hospital and faces a laundry list of charges. Bond was recently set at $850,000.
In the meantime, Williams says they plan to hire four additional security guards to monitor that parking lot. But, he says they'll comply if the city forces it to close.
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