Clubhouse venue, sports grill at site of gang shooting close - East Valley Tribune: Public Safety

Clubhouse venue, sports grill at site of gang shooting close

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Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 3:53 pm

Tempe’s Clubhouse Music Venue and Horse and Hound Sports Grill, where 16 people were injured in a gang-related shooting earlier this month, has closed.

The owner of the establishments, Eugenia Ruven, had appealed the city’s citation against her of failing to uphold her security agreement with the police department, but failed to show up for a hearing with the city on March 19. The city immediately revoked her security agreement, triggering the closure of the businesses.

Ruven also was failing to make her rent payments on the buildings for the businesses, and on March 21, Seattle-based Integrated Real Estate Services’ office in Tempe, requested that the business’ use permits be transferred to them, according to documents filed by the firm. No one at Integrated Real Estate Services could be reached for comment.

A hearing on the status of The Clubhouse’s use permit was scheduled for April 3, but that hearing no longer will be necessary because the business cannot operate without the security permit, according to Nikki Ripley, a Tempe city spokeswoman.

The incident at the Clubhouse Music Venue made national headlines when the shootout between rival gang members broke out in a line of about 300 people outside the bar at 1320 E. Broadway Road. Police believe there were at least three shooters involved in firing their weapons, and arrested 19-year-old Raynon Jones on suspicion of 13 counts of aggravated assault.

Police confiscated a 9mm handgun from the backseat of Jones’ SUV where two people were shot. Jones admitted that the gun was his, but told police he did not fire it.

Ruven is scheduled to appear in Tempe Municipal Court on April 12 regarding the citation of violating the Clubhouse’s security agreement with the police department, a misdemeanor charge.

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