MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The manager of The Spot was arrested on the spot after a mass shooting left 15 people injured, including minors as young as 11-years old.
Numerous agencies are cracking down on the hybrid venue in an effort to shut it down.
“The big question everyone had is, ‘Is this a club or is this a restaurant?’” said City of Miami Police Officer Frederica Burden. “And the outcome was it is licensed for a restaurant which is to serve meals, alcohol, being wine and beer, with the meal.”
However, agents with the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco found hard liquor behind the bar.
On the wall inside the venue, officers found advertisements saying it could also function as a club.
“We had no clue that it was operating as a club,” said City of Miami Police Chief Manuel Orosa.
Sources told CBS4 the shooting resulted from an argument between two teens.
Fifteen people, between the ages of 11 and 25, were shot. The gunman and his accomplices have not been caught.
“Part of that problem was the lack of personnel they had. The lack of screening for weapons and having kids and alcohol. It’s just a bad mix overall,” Orosa said.
Authorities said the club was hit with several violations by nearly every task force involved with the case.
Some of the violations were minor, others were very serious. One was serious enough that club manager, 31-year-old Tiffany Johnson, was arrested.
“There are a lot of things that she should have had if she was going to function as a club,” Burden said.
Ultimately, the business may be shut down, which is something the area’s commissioner said he doesn’t want to see.
“Shutting down an open business that provides jobs to people in the community, puts food on tables, is not the responsibility of the City of Miami community,” said City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon. “What we should be looking instead of doing is actually stopping the people, the instances of terror on our communities.”
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