SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)—The owners of a San Francisco South of Market nightclub where three people were shot over the weekend have surrendered their entertainment permit and are closing the business.
The owners of 330 Ritch have decided they will no longer seek to run a business there, according to Entertainment Commission Executive Director Jocelyn Kane.
Mayor Ed Lee has promised a full investigation of the early Saturday morning incident and a crackdown on night-life violence.
The shootings occurred on Ritch Street, an alleyway off Brannan. Police spokesman Officer Carlos Manfredi said the initial shooting occurred inside the club after an argument and that more shots were fired just outside the club and in a nearby parking lot.
Mayor Lee said the city’s nightclubs have to do a better job of keeping patrons safe.
“Our nightclubs have been under a lot scrutiny for many years and that was the main part of our entertainment commission was to pull in tighter strings of control,” said Lee.
In October 2010, a law went into effect that gives the city’s Entertainment Commission the power to revoke permits of night clubs where violence occurs.
Whatever provoked these latest shootings remained a mystery.
“We’re going to do a thorough investigation with our police department, with our district attorney and make sure that we cover every aspect of why this would have happened,” Lee added.
The three men injured in the Saturday nightclub shootings all were expected to survive. Police were still looking for the shooters.
The shooting comes a few days after State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) proposed allowing cities to extend alcohol service at restaurants, bars and nightclubs until 4 a.m.
“The entertainment industry is trying to have dialogue with me about more night entertainment,” Lee said. “Well if the nightclubs don’t keep it up so we prevent this type of thing, then we won’t have a positive response from the city.”
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