Alcohol permits suspended at Greensboro nightclub after shooting, overcrowding

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- State ABC Commission officials have suspended alcohol permits at a Greensboro nightclub following a shooting in August and reports of underage drinking, illegal drug use, fights and severe overcrowding.

The suspension was served Tuesday against Visions Entertainment Complex, located at 4927 W. Market St.

It is effective immediately and will remain in effect until an appeal hearing.aff

According to the 74-page report, ABC Commission officials say there is a "history of disregard for public safety associated with the business."

On Aug. 16, one person was injured after being shot in the parking lot of the nightclub around 3 a.m. The patron said he was leaving the business when he saw a man at the entrance of Visions fire multiple gunshots at him. The patron was treated at a local hospital and is expected to recover.

In the fall of 2013, officers responded to the nightclub for severe overcrowding. According to sworn officer statements, it was discovered that employees had silenced two fire alarms during the night and were trying to sneak patrons out to avoid the Fire Marshal's count.

Another incident of overcrowding was reported where a total of 1,788 patrons were inside that club that has a capacity of only 860.

Police say in some instances they could not get more than two feet inside the building.

The report also noted underage drinking and illegal drug use inside the nightclub.

Officials spoke to the property manager who said he wants the nightclub out, but cannot afford legal fees.

This is the eighth suspension issued this year by the N.C. ABC Commission.

Read the entire report: ABC Commission report