Morning Read: D.C. Councilman Backs Down From Call to Close Popular Nightclubs

After a drive-by shooting early Monday left 13 people injured, Councilman Tommy Wells called for nearby nightclubs Fur and Ibiza to be shuttered in the name of public safety.

But since there was no direct connection between the popular clubs and the shooting, Well’s idea was met with heavy backlash.

Now, Wells has backed down from his statement, saying that he may have overreacted and the clubs should be allowed to stay open, Washington City Paper reported.

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He said the clubs, however, need to show more responsibility for the safety of their patrons:

"They have to work with the community... and they have to show to all of us that they can keep their patrons safe when they leave there."

At this point, the police have not yet found a clear connection between the night spots and the shooting, but Wells said the shooting victims had just walked home from the clubs.


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