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Residents Hope Closure Of Capitol Street Bar Curbs Violence

Reported: Dec. 27, 2013 9:54 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 27, 2013 10:33 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katy Brown) -- Some bars in Charleston have been shut down after a series of violent incidents.

Capitol Street in Charleston has seen its fair share of violence, but, with one of those trouble spots now closed, many hope the violence will end.

People in Charleston said they are happy to see the doors of the Sky Lounge closed.

It was a trouble spot on Capitol Street in downtown Charleston.

Police said the violence at the Sky Lounge continued to get worse throughout the years, between the alcohol and the large crowds.

“They drew a crowd that tended to be violent and carry weapons,” Lt. Steve Cooper, of Charleston police, said. “When you mix those two elements, only bad things are going to happen."

Large crowd fights, shootings and stabbings all happened inside and outside the Sky Lounge.

Several people were injured due to the bar's violence, and the bar's liquor license had been pulled several times before their doors shut for good.

“If there’s going to keep on being problems and no one's going to fix it, maybe the only way to stop the problem is closing the bar," David Cart of Charleston said.

The doors of the bar used to display posters promoting future parties.

Now, all that is displayed is the for lease sign, and people in Charleston hope whatever takes the place of the bar, it will curb the violence and improve Capitol Street.

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said he hopes a place similar to Pies and Pints or Adelphia will move into the building, but as of right now, no real answer as to the future of the building was available.



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