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Shooting Latest In History Of Capitol Street Violence

Reported: Apr. 27, 2014 10:16 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katy Brown) -- The most recent shooting in Charleston is striking a nerve with many about safety in the capital city.

But it is certainly not the first time police have responded to violence at downtown, late-night businesses.

Capitol Street has its share of bars, mixing large crowds with alcohol night after night, so it should be no surprise that the history of violence on the street started a while ago.

People of Charleston are still shocked at the recent violence in the area.

Early Saturday, morning police said Jimmy Beasley was shot 12 times by George Sawyer and Tasheem Collins.

Police said the violence happened while Beasley, a bouncer at the Charleston Cellar, was walking two women from the bar to their car.

“There isn’t sense in this violent anger,” Michael Beavis of Charleston said. “I don't know what this is over or why people want to kill each other, shoot each other or harm each other. It just doesn't make any sense to me."

But the trouble on Capitol street did not start there.

Back in January 2013, Kevin Clemens, 18, a freshmen linebacker at the University of Charleston at the time was stabbed outside of the doors to Impulse nightclub.

The ABCA pulled the club's liquor license for 20 days.

But less than a month later, before the suspension was over, the owner of Impulse handed over the club’s license and the doors were closed for good.

Fast forward to August 2013, when a fight broke out, just outside of the Sky Lounge.

Chaos ensued and a 26-year-old was stabbed.

Like Impulse, Sky Lounge had its liquor license pulled

The doors to that bar are still shut and a "for lease" sign hangs outside the building.

“These are crimes that are impulsive and generally not well thought out, not generally planned a month in advance,” Lt. Steve Cooper, of Charleston police, said. “There's just a beef over drugs or money or a girl and, the next thing you know, idiots are shooting at each other."

Charleston Mayor Danny Jones weighted in on the violence.

“I was sheriff of this county for four years, and one thing I learned was a very small number of people, and sometimes just one person, can start a crime wave,” he said. “That's what happens here."

And that leads into what happened this weekend, with a shooting at the Cellar, which won't have a liquor license for at least 10 days, leaving people hopeful that violence in Charleston will stop.



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