Two Shot at Whitehaven Nightclub

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(Memphis) Two women are recovering after being shot outside a Whitehaven night club early Friday morning. It’s the second shooting outside Classic Soulz on Brooks Road this year.

Tommy Heathcock spent Friday morning cleaning up the front window of his meat market. A stray bullet shattered it during a shootout across at the street in the parking lot at Classic Soulz.

“It makes it difficult for shopping. People could fear for their safety,” said Heathcock.

Police say around midnight, a fight broke out in front of the nightclub when someone started shooting.

Bullets hit two women, who are expected to be OK.

“Nighttime seems to be the problem,” said Heathcock.

But Heathcock says problems at Classic Soulz are becoming way too common, and it's plaguing the neighborhood.

“It's bad for our community, neighborhoods. Doesn't set a good example,” said Heathcock.

We tried to speak with the owner of Classic Soulz about the shooting, but he forced us to leave before we even got to the door.

“Check with the police department ma'am, you are trespassing,” said a man identified by neighbors as Larry Williams Sr.

We did check with police. Crime stats show officers responded to 80 calls at Class Soulz in the last year. They include reports of fights, people held against their will, and other shootings.

Last month, someone shot a security guard and two people in the parking lot. They all survived.

Classic Soulz’s owner didn't want to talk about any of it.

“I'm going to call 911 on you,” said Williams.

Heathcock hopes people keep talking about what's going on, forcing change.

“This just highlights something needs to be done,” said Williams.

The owners of Classic Soulz also own Club Crave, the Beale Street night club ruled a public nuisance and shut down the Shelby County District Attorney's office last year.

So far, police haven't released any information about the suspects in the latest shooting.

Anyone with any information on this crime should call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.


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