Little Rock mayor vows to shut down club following shooting

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola says the city will be shutting down Power Ultra Lounge following a mass shooting that left 28 people injured. (KATV photo)

Little Rock city leaders gathered at a press conference Saturday following a mass shooting at a downtown club that left 28 people injured.

A barrage of gunfire broke out around 2:30 a.m. inside Power Ultra Lounge on 6th Street during a performance by rapper Finese 2Tymes. Authorities say all 28 victims will survive.

"We will be shutting [Power Ultra Lounge] down, absolutely," Mayor Mark Stodola told the media. "This activity downtown is going to cease."

Little Rock City Manager Bruce Moore said Power Ultra Lounge is actually zoned as a restaurant and doesn't have a permit to operate as a special events center.

Mayor Stodola also said the manager of the property where Power Ultra Lounge operates says he will be issuing an eviction notice to the operators of the business.

Alcoholic Beverage Control has suspended the mixed drink permit for Power Ultra Lounge, effective Saturday.

According to officials, alcohol is not supposed to be served at Power Ultra Lounge past 2 a.m.

"We felt the emergency action was required to preserve public health and safety," ABC officials told Channel 7.

Power Ultra Lounge has been cited for 14 violations and action against them was taken seven times since 2012.

Out of those 14 violations, some were for underage drinking, according to the ABC.

Channel 7 reached out to Power Ultra Lounge's owner by phone. The owner's mother tells KATV her son is "shook up" and no statements will be given.

ABC has released the following statement:

We will exercise the authority granted us under the law to preserve and safeguard the public safety. We feel the events which are alleged to have occurred warrant our decision to suspend liquor sales at this location pending further action by the board.

The director of ABC has cited the following potential violations:

  • Section 1- "Failure to be a good neighbor"
  • Section 1- "Allowing Possession of Weapons on the Premises"
  • Section 3- "Disorderly Conduct"

According to the DFA the Alcoholic Beverage Control Enforcement is investigating the events and says additional citations may be issued.

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