‘Pop-up’ nightclub where 9 shot didn’t have permits, records show
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police say the scene of a shooting that left 8 hurt and one dead early Sunday morning broke the law.
A shower of gunshots sent hundreds of people spilling into the street near 19th and Prospect and now the city says the establishment and the person who owns it could be in hot water.
The man who told FOX 4 he owns the property said he is a part of the biker group called the “Redline Riders.” The man confirmed the group held a party at the location on Saturday evening.
“You have 250 or 300 cars out at 3:30 on a Sunday morning, word had to get out someway and you can see you aren’t going to get 250 to 300 people in this small building,” Kansas City, Mo., Police Chief Darryl Forte said.
And that’s wherein the problem lies. City records show the building does not have an occupancy permit, which means only up to 49 people are allowed inside.
Witnesses say there was not even close to that amount early Sunday when gunshots rang.
Jim Ready, a manager for Regulated Industries, said this “pop-up” nightclub doesn’t have most of the permits needed to throw parties.
“If they had a DJ and dancing was taking place, they should have had a dance hall permit from our place,” Ready said. “I hate to judge not knowing the situation, but if there was any kind of fee to come in to the place, and there was alcohol on the premises, that’s illegal.”
A spokesman for Redline Riders told FOX 4 there was no cover charge or money raised and, in that case, alcohol on the premises is legal.
FOX 4 uncovered the group is hosting a $15 all-you-can-drink party in several weeks at the Artstech Lofts, an establishment that also doesn’t have its liquor license.
“We haven’t looked into it yet because of course we’re using all our resources to identify and apprehend the suspect,” Forte said.
While police search for the gunman, Ready said he and his team plan to keep a close eye on the nightclub.
“What we’re going to do from this point forward is — we’ve heard of this place. We’ll keep it on our radar, so whenever we have staff out or they’re in that area, we’ll just make sure they’ll see what’s going on and make sure it’s quiet,” Ready said.
Police said the shooter remains at-large. If you have any information, contact the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.