Organization wants Pine Bluff Clubs to close before 5:30 a.m.
(KATV) In August, Pine Bluff citycouncil members voted to keep night clubs open until 5:30 rather than startinglast call at 1 a.m. and shutting the doors at 2. Sunday, a Justice of the Peacewas shot in the face at a club. Now an organization against violence wants theordinance brought up for another vote.
Friends of 34-year old Lloyd Franklinsay he will recover from his injuries. Franklin was reportedly trying to stop afight that started in the club, he got the individuals outside but then ranback covered in blood.
No signage, most the doors andwindows are covered with boards like the neighboring businesses on 4th streetin downtown. From a glass door you cansee it is not abandoned, there is a DJ table, recently used alcohol bottles andcups.
It is the night club whereJustice of the Peace Lloyd Franklin spent his Saturday, early Sunday. Rev.Jessie Turner says, "If council members continue to say 'let's keep the clubsopen late hours', I think that is going to contribute to this."
Jessie Turner is with ICVR, anorganization focused on preventing violence. He knows Justice of the Peace, LloydFranklin's stance to keep night clubs open late so people will have a place toparty. "It is just a sad situation but if the people were gone at 1 or 2, hewould not have gotten shot," Turner explains.
At about 2 a.m. Sunday, witnessesheard roughly 25 shots outside the building. Pine Bluff officers found Franklinby following the blood trail. He was shot in the face. Turner says it's time tofor council members to revisit the ordinance. "I think the blood is on theirhands at this time for the person who was actually shot whether he was tryingto prevent a fight."
No suspects have been arrested. Policeare still working to determine if 23 year old Antonio Jenkins death isconnected to the shooting. He was found dead at home hours after the clubshooting. Friends told police he did go to a party early that morning.