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Charlotte’s Club Onyx, scene of shooting, loses liquor license

State officials have suspended the alcohol license of a south Charlotte strip club that was the scene of a shooting early Wednesday which left two men wounded.

The N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission said it has suspended alcohol permits held by Club Onyx, in the 5300 block of Old Pineville Road.

The permits will be suspended at least until the ABC board holds a hearing on the case. No date has been announced for that hearing.

ABC officials said they took the action after learning that police have responded to 412 calls for service at Club Onyx in the past three years. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said that since October 2011, their officers have responded to calls for two armed robberies, 10 aggravated assaults and two assaults with a deadly weapon with injury.

The club also was the scene of a fatal shooting in January 2008.

Officials of Club Onyx could not be reached Saturday.

Legal documents filed Friday by the commission said the shooting took place during a rap concert arranged by an outside promoter. ABC officials said unarmed security personnel were working during the event. In the legal documents, ABC officials said the security personnel were “poorly frisking patrons for weapons.”

About 2 a.m., according to police, three to five shots were fired inside the club. One man was shot in the abdomen and remains hospitalized. Another man was shot in the left elbow and left thigh. He was hospitalized but has been released.

In the court documents, ABC special agent Logan Shoaf said the manager of the club, Ravi Desean Horsley, told him in an interview a few hours after the shooting, “It all falls on me. Somebody’s hand has to be slapped.”

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