Shooting At Lansing Nightclub

By: Liam Martin Email
By: Liam Martin Email

LANSING -- A nine-month hiatus from violence at a south Lansing nightlcub has ended.

The parking lot of Level II -- formerly know as the Venue Live -- on Cedar Street broke out in gunfire early Friday morning, leaving one man in the hospital.

"Officers that were on the scene already started to approach [when a fight broke out] and heard one volley of gunfire that erupted," says Lansing Police Lt. Daryl Green.

Police then heard a second round of gunfire, and soon found a 24-year-old victim with a bullet in his shoulder. As of Friday evening, no suspect had been located, though Green says there is surveillance video of the incident.

"We're definitely disappointed about this particular incident, and we want the club to know that they need to do more," Green says.

Disappointed because it's happened before.

While this is the first since the club changed its name, News 10 has reported on at least five major incidents at Venue and Level II over the past year and a half -- including three shootings.

"We feel we're a safe place," counters Charles Ford, an attorney for Level II ownership. He says the club is in constant communication with LPD, has retrained its security personnel, and points out other clubs in Lansing have dealt with similar incidents.

"There is zero tolerance for these types of things to happen at the club, and it will be dealt with," Ford says. "No one wants these types of things to happen."

And yet, Lansing police say they'll be taking this case to the city attorney's office -- to see what else can be done to keep Level II in check.

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  • by Craven Moorehead Location: Michigan on Dec 15, 2010 at 03:23 PM
    I hope that theses terrorists don't goto jail. They need to understand that what they did is wrong and that the Lord will heal them. What will the mayor do to prevent more of these actions? I'm scared for my 8 children.
  • by Dave Location: Location on Dec 11, 2010 at 08:14 AM
    I konow of several other comments posted but this site dont want the truth printed. They like to sort it by left sided judgement
  • by James Location: Lansing on Dec 11, 2010 at 05:47 AM
    Interesting how attorney Charles Ford says "We feel we're a safe place," right after someone gets shot.. I bet Mr. Ford enjoys his job as a lawyer for this establishment. It's guaranteed steady work for him, as long as this trash infested place stays open.
  • by grumpy Location: fled lansing on Dec 11, 2010 at 05:40 AM
    Closing will do no good. The patrons of this place have a stong desire to kill each other and are determined to do it someplace. We should be grateful they are eradicating one another instead of filling up our expensive prisons. I think the role of the police is to prevent this from spilling out into the neighborhoods and afecting the innocent. Best thing the club could do would be to wall in the parking lot so they have some containment for the gunfire. If they really want to prosper, they can construct skyboxes for the more civilzed patrons to watch. It would be like roman gladiators!
  • by Cap'n Rita Location: Lansing on Dec 10, 2010 at 08:04 PM
    I'm just as tired of hearing about this place as the next person. Unfortunately,closing it down will only send the scum eleswhere. I say, let them keep picking each other off. Eventually the problem will solve itself.
  • by mike Location: lansing on Dec 10, 2010 at 05:32 PM
    what is the city of lansing waiting for, close the place down,or is someone getting paid off?
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