State Liquor Authority Investigating City Grill

August 18, 2010 Updated Aug 19, 2010 at 12:13 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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August 18, 2010 Updated Aug 19, 2010 at 12:13 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Investigators from the New York State Liquor Authority are looking into the events at a downtown restaurant moments before last weekend's mass shooting in Buffalo.

Eight people were shot, four fatally, outside City Grill restaurant early Saturday morning.

Multiple sources have confirmed with Eyewitness News that City Grill was hosting a hip-hop club night, produced by a local club promoter.

The liquor authority will look at the restaurant's actions the night of the shooting to see if any state liquor law was violated.

"We're looking at the actions the licensee did or did not take [in the moments before the shooting]", Crowley said.

The investigation is standard procedure and similar probes are launched whenever a fight or act of violence takes place at a licensed establishment and is reported to the Division of Alcohol and Beverage Control.

The result of the investigation, which could take several months, could lead to a warning or possible suspension or revocation of the restaurant's license to serve alcohol, said Crowley.

A spokesman for the state liquor authority tells Eyewitness News that the City Grill's liquor license was issued in 2009, and there have been no violations there since the issuance.

Listen to police scanner traffic from the night of shooting here.