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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