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Shooting prompts re-examination of Raleigh nightclub

Posted May 24, 2010
Updated May 28, 2010

— A shooting early Monday has city officials calling for a closer look at a Raleigh nightclub that has a history of violence.

"This, coupled with other incidents, has us very concerned, and we are working with our city attorney, our police legal adviser and the (police) district to do all we can to bring all the pressures to bare to correct this very serious problem," Raleigh Police Chief Harry Dolan said Monday.

Club Envy Raleigh nightclub has violent history

Police responded around 2:30 a.m. to reports of two people being shot at Club Envy, at 3201 New Bern Ave. Investigators did not release the victims' names or say anything about their injuries.

According to police records, officers have been called to the address more than 200 times since January 2009 on complaints including 31 assaults, 10 disturbances, fighting, one attempted rape, one rape, two shootings, eight shots fired, five stabbings and two strong-armed robberies.

In 2007, a man was shot to death outside the club, known then as Black Tie Nightlife, prompting the city to review the club and city ordinances.

Since then, the city has tightened some regulations, but Mayor Charles Meeker said that, in light of recent events, the City Council will likely look at the club again and see what else needs to change.

"Anytime you've got guns and late-night activity and alcohol, it's a problem," Meeker said. "That site has been a problem for years. With the most recent incident, it is time for the council to review whether the site has become a public nuisance."

Residents and other businesses in the area, including WakeMed, have also expressed concerns over years. They want the club closed

Club Envy sits across the street from WakeMed. Not only is the hospital concerned about the safety of its visitors, it has direct fallout from the violence. They have treated three stabbing and two shooting victims from the club in the past two months.

"This is something, if let undone, it is going to get someone killed, and it may be someone quite innocent, in the process," WakeMed Chief Executive Dr. Bill Atkinson said. "It is just unacceptable."

Ben Becker, who owns the club, bought out his partner, Richard Ryder, in October and changed the name from Black Tie to Club Envy, according to public records. Neither Becker nor the principal property owner, Bill Peebles, could not be reached for comment.


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  • pss2 May 26, 2010

    Move it beside the Governor's Mansion Yo Yo Yo

  • Squirreling Dervish May 26, 2010

    killing me softly:

    Yeah, it was sarcasm...Have to know ManofJustice to know his sarcasm :0)

  • Squirreling Dervish May 26, 2010

    Yanked the license?? WOO HOO!!! Hot Diggity Dawg!

  • freakzilla197 May 25, 2010

    I can't believe they had a shooting there! Thugs, drug dealers, guns, alcohol, baby daddy's, baby mama's, piece of junk cars with $3K rims, sound systems, attitudes......... Wow I can't believe there are shootings, stabbing, rapes, and more there!

    Just wait to next Sunday night and have the military fly over and drop a bomb on the place. Guarantee you crime all over Raleigh will decrease by 90%.

  • tsquaring May 24, 2010

    Seems to me like it needs to be across the street from WakeMed!

  • killing_me_softly May 24, 2010

    (This club has brought people together. Has taught them to love one another. This club has a very special place in my heart. My world is now filled with joy because of this club. It is like a church to many people. This club does not need to be closed down.)

    This has got to be sarcasm...

  • killing_me_softly May 24, 2010

    Shut 'em down!

  • rroutput May 24, 2010

    It was like this at Bowties after the crowd demographic changed. They closed Bowties to get it out of a respectable hotel and formed Blackties. Same thing only worse. Club Envy, even worse still.

  • Diabolical May 24, 2010

    lol, sounds like a remix of the Palamino. Anyone remember that place? Not safe any where you go, why I stopped going to night clubs.

  • Deacons May 24, 2010

    close them down