News: Hip-Hop Blamed For Nightclub Violence, Rap Music Banned

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2009 9:22AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

After two fatal shootings took place yesterday (July 27) morning at a Cincinnati nightclub, the owner has decided to ban hip-hop events from the venue.

The decision reportedly stems from continued violence which involved the death of two men in their 20's.

The owners of Annie's nightclub in the East End say they are canceling hip hop night on Sunday nights because of this latest shooting. "It's the element of people who come down here on hip-night on Sunday," said owner Peter Gorgeton. "So, we're going to do away with it." Close to 1,000 people were at the club for last night's hip-hop night. (KYPost News)

Shots were reportedly heard which prompted police to rush to the scene.

Investigators believe a fight inside Annie's Nightclub on Kellogg Avenue led to the shooting that claimed the lives of 23-year-old Daunte Phillips and 21-year-old Marcus Mitchell. According to police, undercover officers inside the club heard shots fired and responded to the parking lot where they found both victims suffering from gunshot wounds around 2:30 a.m. Officials say in spite of repeated attempts by both police and paramedics, neither man could be revived. (Dayton Daily News)

An attorney for the venue also confirmed the banning of hip-hop.

"It doesn't mean that there might not be something in the future on Sunday nights down there," lawyer Tim Burke said, "but it's not going to be hip hop." (Cincinnati News)

The fatal shootings mark the latest acts of violence from the nightclub during a rap-based event.

Police are seeking a maroon Chevy Tahoe believed to be connected to the shooting, which is not the club's first during the weekly hip-hop event. Last spring, two men were wounded at the club in a shooting, and in November a man was shot and wounded in the parking lot after allegedly opening fire on Cincinnati police during a traffic stop in front of the club. (WLWT)

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