News Shooting Outside Tommy’s in U-District
posted by June 22 at 7:04 AMon
There was a shooting last night outside Tommy’s, a nightclub on the Ave. Slog tipper Damien lives across the street from Tommy’s. He writes…
At around 12:45 AM two dudes were kicked out of Tommy’s then returned shortly after and started a fight with the bouncers. After leaving, they then came back once again and one guy fired at least 3 shots into a group of people gathered at the door to Tommy’s. One man was shot and was later taken away by ambulance.
Damien shot this video of the fight that lead up to the shooting. Three minutes after the video ends, Damien says, the man in the white shirt in the video came back and opened fire.
Club promoter and political activist Dave Meinert says comments…
IF club owners were allowed to hire off duty SPD to work outside of nightclubs this shooting probably would not have happened. IF SPD were to arrest people who get into fights outside of nightclubs and prosecute them for assault on a regular basis, this may have been avoided. IF there was a nightlife advisory board that could have been working with Tommy’s to help them implement ‘best practices’ to deal with problem nights, this might have been avoided.
These are things the nightlife industry has been asking for for two years that the city has refused to adopt. Instead of putting programs into place to help deal with these things before they happen, the city wants to implement a new level of bureaucracy in the form of yet another business license for nightclubs (they already need several licenses to open) that is purely reactive and only serves to close a club like this after a series of bad events.
We don’t know all the facts in this case, but it seems like Tommy’s has been promoting a night that brings in a crowd with it a lot of problems. But this night they removed some of the problem folks. Those people then tried to fight the bouncers. If off duty police were working outside, these dudes would have been arrested. Instead one left, got a gun he probably had in his car, and came back. No nightclub license would have stopped this. Good policing could have, off duty cops could have, a nightlife advisory board working with Tommy’s to have better security, etc, might have helped.
Let’s hope now the council will pass the recommendations of the SNMA quickly.