BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW ) Tensions boiled over at Thursday's community meeting headed up by Filmore District Council Member David Franczyk. People who live close by the club say they are scared to leave their homes. They say shootings, car accidents, and thefts - they feel are linked to the club - are changing their neighborhood, and not for the better. However, Chit Chat security guard Kevin Jones defended the club at the meeting today. He says they follow strict entrance polices and had this to say regarding a prior incident happening near the club,
"That limo bus had nothing to do with the club at all. As a matter of fact, the incident that transpired after they were turned away from the club happened on the other side of the street," Jones told meeting attendees.
In January a man was shot while leaving the club, he survived. And nearly two weeks ago, three men were shot in front of the bar; two survived but
27-year-old Adrian Little died.
"There's a lady who lives next door and the bullets went right through her house. I mean, what's going on at this club that's encouraging this kind of behavior?" questioned David Franczyk, the Filmore District Council Member.
It was Corrie Drave's house that was struck by stray bullets.
"Literally a second before we go home is when it happened. So we came (home) right when it started. If we would have left earlier, we would have been in the crossfire. We would have been in the middle of it and that's what scares me," said Draves.
But the club's owner says he's running a clean establishment and doesn't want the city to shut him down. He wasn't at today's meeting but sent a representative.
"He's against the violence, he's doing all he can to stop it. The neighborhood, every thing seems to be changing. It's just a changing world. What do you do? If there is any input you can give him to help, he's all for it," said Andy Kowalow, on behalf of the club's owner.
The State Liquor Authority was also at the meeting. The Authority is conducting an investigation into whether the club has violated any laws. It's important to note that the club's owner has not been charged with any wrongdoing. But the city and the State Liquor Authority have the right to revoke the club owner's business licenses' if they are a nuisance or danger to the community.