Councilman to meet with residents concerning fatal shooting at restaurant

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A Winston-Salem city council member will meet with residents who are concerned about a deadly weekend shooting at the Nitty Gritty Soul Cafe.

City officials announced Tuesday that Councilman James Taylor Jr. will meet with residents on Friday evening to discuss their concerns about the shooting.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at United Cornerstone Baptist Church, located at 2745 Patria St.

Kenneth Ravon Braddy Jr., 24, of Winston-Salem, died in the shooting, which was reported around 1:45 a.m. Saturday at the restaurant/night club at 3003 South Main St.

The shooting also wounded three other Winston-Salem residents.  Carmen Lanelle Simmons, 23, was in critical condition as of last update.  Barry Bevionta Richardson, 20, was in serious condition and Cortez Lenard Smith, 20, was in stable condition.

Police say one of the shooting victims was found outside the club, while the other three were found inside.

Nitty Gritty's manager, Timothy Best, says this is the first major criminal event to happen at the restaurant since it opened seven years ago.

"That guy was wrong. We did not have anything to do with that. That can happen anywhere."

Best says he is shocked that some suddenly want his business to change or close in light of the shooting.

"This situation could have happened anywhere, but they never have to worry about it again. I will be closed at 9 o'clock and go home."

Investigators have provided few other details.