20 Nightclub security officers don’t deter shooting of 9 persons www.privateofficercom
The Department of Licenses and Inspections notified the operator of the club, Omar Infante, of Elkins Park, that amusement, business privilege, and occupancy licenses were revoked.
L&I cited incidents of violence, crimes, overcrowding and other public nusances that occured “in or near” the Rising Sun Ave. club from Sept. 2010 to May 22.
As a result, the city issued a cease operations order.
In addition, the District Attorney’s office said it would move to permanently close the club.
Infante and owner Maria L. Lopez have 10 days to appeal L&I’s decision.
Also today, police released surveillance video Tuesday of the May 22 shooting at the Felton Supper Club.
In the video, which was taken from the camera at a nearby check cashing store, two shooters – whose faces are not clearly visible – can be seen standing in the intersection of Rising Sun Avenue and Louden Street, firing semiautomatic handguns into a large crowd outside the club.
“We need the public’s assistance identifying these two individuals who wounded nine people,” said Capt John Gallagher of East Detectives.
Investigators have interviewed six of the nine injured people, and two independent witnesses who were on the street, but do not yet know who the intended targets were, he said.
The owners and club staff have been “very, very cooperative,” with investigators, he said.
“Right now there is no information that there was a prior incident inside the club that night that led to the shooting outside,” he said.
Nor do they have information that the shooters had been inside the club, he said.
The club had at least 20 private security personal working the event that night, Gallagher said. The club also had working metal detectors.
Investigators believe the shooters knew that the club patrons exiting the club would be unarmed.
It’s unlikely the owners of the club will be charged with any criminal offense related to the shooting.
“I do not see, based on the investigation thus far, where there should be any criminal liability for the individuals that are operating that club,” Gallagher said. “However, if they are in violation of code or liquor license laws then that’s not for East Detectives to discern.”
The suspects are described as black males in their late teens or early twenties. Both are about 5-foot-9 with medium builds. One suspect was wearing a gray hoodie with jeans and the other was wearing a dark hoodie with white writing on it. The suspects may have been at a Rite Aid near the club shortly before the shooting, Gallagher said.