Following a non-fatal shooting at the end of the weekend, Baltimore Police hope to close a nightclub that they say is known for both violence and underage drinking.
Police spokesman Lieut. Eric Kowalczyk said that early Monday morning at 1:44 a.m., officers outside of Voltage NightClub, 5625 O’Donnell St., heard what sounded like gunfire inside the club, and then observed a large crowd exiting the building.
“They went and found the victim exiting the club with a gunshot wound to the back,” said Kowalczyk, adding that the victim is in stable condition.
At Monday evening’s Police Community Relations meeting at the Southeastern District, Major William Davis said that the incident was the third involving gun violence in the last two months. He said that while the other two incidents happened in or near the parking lot, Monday’s incident was “inside, right on the dance floor.“
“We’re going to be working on what we can do to close the club, because it has certainly been a source of violence in our community,” Davis said.
“Lieut. Colburn has compiled a book, that thick,” Davis added, indicating about two inches between his thumb and index finger, “ of what we consider liquor violations.”
Some of those violations, the major added, have been incidents in which drinks were served to minors. An event on the club’s website Tuesday was listed as “18 to Dance, 21 to Drink.”
by Erik Zygmont