Chesapeake residents sign petition trying to get business shut down

WAVY News 10

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Two men were shot near VA Live, in the Deep Creek area of the city, late Tuesday night.

Officers were dispatched to the 3300 block of Military Highway at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, and found two men with gunshot wounds in the parking lot.

Both men were taken to Sentara Norfolk General with non life-threatening injuries. Police spokesman Leo Kosinski tells 10 On Your Side the two men are in stable condition.

Police say the suspect or suspects left in a car prior the officers’ arrival.

People who live in the Admiralty Mobile Home Court behind the business tell 10 On Your Side they want the business shut down.

“I’d just like to see them gone at this point. It’s kind of ridiculous,” Shannon McDaniel said. “It’s unfortunate because we are actually a very quiet community over here.”

Residents have set up a Petition on Change.org, calling for Chesapeake City Council to shut the club down.

“They really just need to take the license at this point and not allow any agency to have license over there because I think in doing that it’s going to deter the crime and stuff that’s going on,” McDaniel said.

10 On Your Side found out VA Live is run by All in One Entertainment LLC. Their currently active license with the state ABC board lists the business as a restaurant.

The business license history shows several incidents and warnings over the years. The most recent happened in January. Records show someone purchased alcohol with a bad check. A state spokesperson told 10 On Your Side a hearing is scheduled for that violation on April 28, 9 a.m. at ABC’s Chesapeake Regional Office.

According to information provided by Chesapeake police, dispatchers have received calls for service on a total of 56 occasions since January of 2015. This has included reports for fights, vandalism, reckless driving, larceny and DUI.

McDaniel has lived there five years with her family. “At first when we moved here it was just really bad it was to the point where fights were coming over onto the property over here people urinating on cars and there was a lot of police activity because of that and it was always because of the patrons over there,” she said. She wants the business to leave her neighborhood.

“It’s just a cycle that keeps repeating and unfortunately I think as the neighborhood here we’re just fed up with it.”

10 On Your Side’s Brandi Cummings called and emailed every Chesapeake City Council member including the Mayor and Vice Mayor. She was only able to reach Dr. Ella Ward who told her she couldn’t speak on what happened because she had been out-of-town.

City of Chesapeake Public Communications Coordiantor Jen Bichara told Cummings via email:

There is no set process for shutting down a business in Chesapeake; each situation is different and is based entirely on the circumstance. Citizens can always communicate their concerns to the City.

I would suggest a citizen start with the Customer Contact Center (382-2489), and they can direct them to the appropriate person to speak with based on the specific situation.

Anyone with information about the shooting can call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

This is the second shooting at the VA Live club since December of 2015.

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