Violence at the Venue Live

By: Tiffany Teasley Email
By: Tiffany Teasley Email

It was a new venue for young adults to party, just opening in March, but The Venue Live Nightclub became a crime scene Monday morning after a fight that police say started on the dance floor.

"There was an altercation on the dance floor involving the victim and the accused, security escorted both of those subjects out of the facility, one of the subjects got into a blue Pontiac Bonneville," said Lt. Mike Yankowski of the Lansing Police Department.

Officers say 2 to 4 rounds were then fired at the victim in the club's parking lot.

"The blue Pontiac Bonneville came back to the parking lot, the passenger got out of the vehicle and started discharging a shotgun," Yankowski said.

Wounding the victim in the face, neck and abdomen.

"They were also given some information that the shooting victim was in the 5800 block of South Waverly," Yankowski said.

That took police to the Pinebrook Manor Apartments around 3:00 a.m. where they searched for the victim and later found him at a local hospital.

A spokesman for The Venue Live says the party was a graduation celebration for local teens.

"Sunday night was a graduation party for high schoolers and it was a non alcoholic event," said Brant Johnson, a spokesman.

The Venue Live says they're fully cooperating with officers and their events will continue to go on as scheduled.

"The staff believes in safety first, and safety is its focus, and that's why they have direct communication with the Lansing Police Force weekly," Johnson said.

But officers say this isn't the first time there's been trouble at the venue.

"Anywhere from a larceny, a disorderly, one was an assault, there was a disturbance there, a large fight there on June 11," Yankowski said.

A venue now facing violence.


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  • by tanae Location: e lansing on Jul 26, 2009 at 09:29 AM
    how many people have to be shot, wounded, robbed and even killed before the lansing police determine this club is in an unsafe environment??? why do liquor licenses keep getting renewed to "undercover" dope boys who are running these clubs??? all you have to do is go inside once to see what kind of atmosphere you are surrounded by, one owner is a known drug dealer out of detroit hiding behind the other owner
  • by Chatchic Location: Lansing on Jun 16, 2009 at 06:45 AM
    All Hip Hop Clubs need to go out of business. These clubs are nothing but trouble. Lansing City Council put these place out of business. Don't allow their liquor license to be renewed!
  • by LegallyRad Location: Lansing on Jun 15, 2009 at 04:56 PM
    Brant Johnson seems to think that the scapegoat is alcohol when all along only "the venue" needs to be scrutinized. perhaps since the cadillac club burnt the trouble has just moved back south. the venue can now join the ranks of cheetah's, the temple club, and x-cel where shots have been fired.
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