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Chapel Hill Nightclub Where 6 Were Shot Is Closing

Posted October 4, 2007

— A Chapel Hill nightclub where six people were injured early Monday in a gang-related shooting is closing, its management said Thursday afternoon.

"We would like to assure everyone that this was an isolated incident, and we are taking proactive measures to ensure the safety, integrity and well-being of the Chapel Hill community," the management of Visions Nite Club said in a news release issued Thursday afternoon.

Authorities said the shooting was the result of a dispute that led to one person firing six rounds of ammunition, injuring two security workers and four bar patrons.

Police have not named a suspect in the shooting. Low lighting and confusion helped the shooter get out of the club, police said.

"We are conducting a complete review of the incident, and based on our current assessment, we feel that it is best that we permanently close Visions Nite Club, effective immediately," the news release said.

Chapel Hill police have said the owners of the members-only club have been cooperative in their investigation and that the nightclub had a good security plan in place at the time of the shooting.

Nonetheless, members of the Chapel Hill business community have expressed concern about the amount of violence connected with the downtown night scene in recent years.

Last year, the town shut down a nightclub after a man died when he was shot 12 times there. Another club, which was in the same location as Visions, lost its liquor license after a number of shootings outside.

Since January, police have been called to Visions 30 times for complaints ranging from trespassing to assault to disruptive conduct.

Visions management said it realized it could not control the actions of all its patrons, and it did not condone any acts of violence "in or around our establishment."

"It was always our goal to provide a comfortable, secure entertainment venue for all to enjoy, and while we realize that we cannot control the actions of all patrons, please be assured that we do not in any way condone or encourage any acts of violence in or around our establishment," the statement said.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller might be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,200 for information that leads to arrest.


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  • ncwebguy Oct 5, 2007

    The N&O reported that almost all of the victims were from Durham and none were from Orange County. Also, one of the victims was a 16 year old. And Chapel Hill police asked the Durham gang unit for help after hearing "rumblings".

    If they can't keep a 16 year old out, then how can they expect to keep out someone with a gun? Maybe they realized they should close the club down before ALE investigates.

    How do you keep someone from shooting the inside of a club up? Two words -- Metal Detector. If people don't want to face the wand, then don't let them in. Clubs have the right to revoke memberships, and they should if anyone is found trying to enter with a firearm. Period.

    The outside won't be a shooting gallery either if people who think they might get shot stay home.

  • Right_N_Exact Oct 5, 2007

    And you knowing the racial breakdown would mean what??

  • Right_N_Exact Oct 5, 2007

    What difference would a racial breakdown make??

  • Right_N_Exact Oct 5, 2007

    --I would love to know the racial breakdown of who are/were members of this club.--

    Why would that matter??

  • john1qpublic Oct 5, 2007

    I would love to know the racial breakdown of who are/were members of this club.

  • TarheelTurtle Oct 5, 2007

    ncman: I think Herbie means the Varsity Ale House on MLK blvd. that closed. Lots of the same clientele, but final straw appeared to be the weekend of NCCU's homecoming when they were charging $30 to get in the door, had cleared the dining area of tables and packing people in like herds of cattle. The Fire Marshall took note and had to call in 30 police officers for backup because of ensuing riot.

  • TarheelTurtle Oct 5, 2007

    "Members Only" means that you pay a price to get in the door or are signed in as a guest, as a means of getting around the ALE/ABC laws regarding the liquor laws in NC. And 16 security guards, in addition to off-duty CHPD? On He's Not Here's busiest day, with bands and the beer garden open, NO SECURITY other than doormen. Same with P Bob's, Bub's, Spanky's, La Rez. What's the difference, you ask? There are BARS!!!not "clubs!" get it?

  • nisa-pizza Oct 5, 2007


    They said the same thing about rock and roll in the 50’s. I can’t blame rap.

    Some parents can’t because of working 2/3 jobs or won’t look after their kids then it’s easy for them to be recruited into gangs by force or just to fit in to something somewhere. Or even for protection against bullying. There was a documentary about a single white mother who moved to Durham to avoid the gangs where ever she’d come from and her son was immediately targeted by the gangs here to become a member or they’d hurt his family.

    It’s not all about the prestige and it can happen anywhere. Some kids want to fit in but some don’t know how to avoid getting caught up w/o getting hurt. Even small towns like Knightdale are having problems. Kids get recruited as pre teen ages some of the time so the Army/police thing won’t fly. It’s all easier said than done. Boys and Girls Clubs and places like that help alot. Kids need trusted adults to turn to or they get sucke

  • Dark_Horse Oct 5, 2007

    Next stop, Black Tie!

  • ncman Oct 5, 2007

    herbie versmells
    Would you please translate this...
    Didnt MK's znc the Ale House close because of the same clientele?