BUFFALO, NY -- A New Year's eve shooting, which wounded a 19 year old man following a fight, is prompting Buffalo Police to seek the shutdown of the Social Bar and Nightclub on Franklin Street. They are making a case to the State Liquor Authority to pull its license.
But the shooting of Horace Miller is also spurring a renewed push by city police and lawmakers to go after the serving of underage customers in bars and review security policies.
Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda says Social Nightclub and Bar is a problem bar with a history of incidents. He hopes to close it down just as the city was able to do last year with the Barcelona and Big Bad Wolf bars following violent incidents. We were not able to reach Social nightclub owners or managers.
Derenda says the 19 year old Miller was involved in a fight in the bar which caused bar staffers to actually spray Mace on the crowd to get them to disperse. The fight then spilled out into the street where the shots were fired. A beefed up police detail in the area was able to make a quick arrest of 21 year old Chemere Barclay. Miller is now in serious condition at ECMC.
Derenda says the city and other police agencies will again use decoys to see if bars are serving underage minors.
Ellicott District City Councilman Darius Pridgen says the city did attempt to restrict teenagers in bars last year with the so-called co-mingling law which limited them to Thursday night in bars. That law expired and bars must now get special event permits from the city to allow co-mingling.
Pridgen wants to further tweak that permitting process with more consultation with police and other agencies. He also suggests that bars be required to install surveillance cameras at the entrances to bars and inside bars to allow police and others to spot potential threats and suspects.