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Raleigh city attorney's office to investigate Club Bodi

Posted June 3, 2014

— The Raleigh city attorney's office will investigate the operation and history of Club Bodi, which has been tied to three shootings within the past year, and "file any appropriate legal action," City Council members approved during Tuesday's council meeting.

The action comes after City Council Member Mary Ann Baldwin said she will ask the city to look into closing the club, located at 310 S. West St. 

“During council concerns, I am going to ask the city attorney to investigate and take action against Club Bodi,” she wrote in an email.

The most recent shooting happened Sunday when Vernon Oneal Jones, 26, of Lillington, was killed after being shot in a parking lot about a block from the club, located at 310 S. West St. Police said Jones may have been coming from the club, where there was a disturbance inside moments before he was shot.

No arrests had been made in the shooting as of Tuesday afternoon.

Bodi, in a message on its Twitter account Sunday evening, said the shooting was unrelated to the business.

"A shooting took place two city blocks north of the club in a public parking lot and to our knowledge were not patrons nor members of the club and is not related to our business in any way," the statement said.

Last August, Hany Mousa Shehadeh, 35, of Rocky Mount, was shot in the face, and Keshon Oneil Johnson, 23, of Charlotte, was shot in the wrist outside the club.

Three men who worked for the club were arrested on assault and firearms charges.


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  • Steve Morrison Jun 4, 2014
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    Agreed. It is the patrons, not the business owner that is at fault. How can the owner dictate the patrons' behavior - especially outside of his establishment. Just blame the capitalist business owner - easy target.

  • redapace Jun 3, 2014

    If they shut it down the crowd will just move to a different location. Good news for the people close to the current location and bad news for the people close to the new gathering place, wherever that ends up being It's not like they're going to just stay home if this bar is closed.

  • Dana McCall Jun 3, 2014
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    Using that logic, they should probably just shut down Capital Blvd, too.

  • Biotech John Jun 3, 2014

    I had a close relative (a young woman) beaten up in this club a few years ago. It is a big draw for young people. The security in the club helped the guy get a cab and leave before the police arrived. The police were afraid to go in the club and I get the impression they were not going to pursue the case very hard. Kind of, what do you expect if you go to this club? They were doing surveillance on the club (from the outside), supposedly, when the incident occurred. Bad news place! Should have been shut down many moons ago.

  • James Kirby Jun 3, 2014
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    thank goodness it took long enough

  • Sherrill Craig Jun 3, 2014
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    We had a club across from us on Newton Road...It was finally shut down as a nuisance...So much better!

  • Leland Olds Jun 3, 2014

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  • davidhartman Jun 3, 2014

    Who exactly goes to these types of establishments?

  • NiceNSmooth Jun 3, 2014

    lol well we know where everybody from club envy went