UPDATE: Jason McWilliams, 25, has turned himself in in connection with the fatal shooting of Glen Thomas and Kimberle Johnson, reports Vibe.com. He is being held without bond; investigators believe the motive was an ongoing beef with Thomas.
City officials in Montgomery, Ala., and the owner of Centennial Hill Bar and Grill, where 22-year-old Grand Hustle affiliate Doe B was fatally shot early Saturday (Dec. 28), have agreed to immediately close down the restaurant.
"We do not take this action lightly, but believe this decision is compelled by clear evidence that continued operation of this establishment poses an imminent threat to the public's safety," Mayor Todd Strange said via a statement.
Local news site the Montgomery Advertiser reports that the restaurant has been the site of multiple shootings in recent years, including one of another up-and-coming rapper, Eugene "Nawty Shawty" Smith, who was shot to death in March 2007 during an anniversary celebration for his group, Deuce Komradz.
"... I believe it is not a matter of 'if,' but 'when' the next tragic incident occurs at this business," Strange continued. "That is unacceptable, and that is why we have ordered the business to be closed effective immediately."
Doe B, born Glen Thomas, was inside the restaurant (formerly known as the Rose Supper Club) when the incident occurred. A 21-year-old woman, Kimberle Johnson, was also fatally shot. Six others were wounded and are in stable condition.
Doe's manager, DJ Frank White also immediately looked to the restaurant owners for responsibility. "I will do everything i can to see the rose never open. How many people gotta be f---- killed. ??? Yall let guns in the club??' he tweeted. "Security yall let guns in the club??? Again???! You need to be arrested. This blood is on your hands #therose #centineiel hill???"
The spot's owner, Nicole Bankhead, maintains that she had signs posted prohibiting firearms in the venue and that it was policy for security to check patrons for firearms. She turned in her liquor license Saturday and has 120 days to contest the closing. Bankhead, however, told reporters she's "very sorry for everyone’s loss" and has no plans to reopen.
No arrests have been made, nor a motive revealed, as of press time.
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