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Nightclub loses ABC permit after fatal shooting

Posted June 9, 2010
Updated September 4, 2010

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— A Middlesex mini-mart that turns into a nightclub has lost its alcohol permit after a man was shot to death during a fight around closing time last month, authorities said.

Juan Torres, owner of the Provocon Mini Food Mart, voluntarily surrendered his permit from the Alcoholic Beverage Committee amid the investigation of the May 9 shooting death of Gregorio Rodriguez Delgadillo, 27, of Zebulon.

Alcohol Law Enforcement agents "found clear evidence that the owner was failing to supervise activities at his store and, therefore, was in violation of his ABC permit," police Chief Charles Ferrell said.

The town has also changed its ordinances to keep businesses like a mini-mart from operating as a nightclub and to make sure such businesses close earlier, Ferrell said.

"As a result, we hope to have fewer problems in Middlesex," he said.

Ferrell said that a fight started in the Provocon nightclub and spilled out into the parking lot. At least seven shots were fired, and Delgadillo was shot five times, including once at close range, the police chief said. No arrests have been made.

Torres was out of the country when the shooting occurred, authorities said. When he returned and learned that ALE was issuing him a citation to appear in court, he surrendered his permits, authorities said.

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  • Dark_Horse Jun 9, 2010

    This guy must not have had enough political capital (Cash). If so, he would have been able to keep his "club" open a few more years after a murder like Black Tie/Envy did. He could have racked up a sizeable police call tally like that place.

  • BullsEye Jun 9, 2010

    A gas station/night club.... What could possibly go wrong here?

  • MillerB Jun 9, 2010

    Club Envy and now this joint. Can't these people act like they've got some sense? fatchanceimwrong

    You are asking individuals to act in a manner different from their subculture
    colliedave

    Your subculture doesn't have a flippin thing to do with being an ignorant moron.

  • colliedave Jun 9, 2010

    Club Envy and now this joint. Can't these people act like they've got some sense? fatchanceimwrong

    You are asking individuals to act in a manner different from their subculture

  • mrsgaskill Jun 9, 2010

    A mini-mart that turns into a nightclub? Hmmm...that should have been the first clue NOT to even give this guy an ABC permit to begin with.

  • fatchanceimwrong Jun 9, 2010

    Club Envy and now this joint. Can't these people act like they've got some sense?