According to the Chief of Police, "the management of the nightclub clearly failed to maintain a safe environment for its patrons. The club’s security protocols allowed a knife-wielding subject to enter the club, stab one patron, and leave the Night Club without being detected by security personnel of the club. The club’s security staff also proved inadequate to manage the aftermath of this significant crime of violence.”
This is not the first significant crime of violence to occur at Heritage India under the same owners. In November 2011 when the establishment was on the 1300 block of Connecticut Ave NW, one man was shot dead and five others were wounded when a fight inside the club spilled onto the streets at 2:45 a.m.
My colleague Stephanie Maltz and I believe that violence in our neighborhood cannot be tolerated and today we sent a letter to the ABC Board ahead of their Wednesday hearing to strongly encourage the Board to consider revoking this license and finding its owner to be unfit to hold a license.
Not only are the impacts extremely serious for the victims, but there are also real and negative impacts to the character and reputation of the neighborhood.