Popular club in jeopardy of losing liquor license

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – It takes about 12 to 14 officers to respond to a disturbance at Club Syllowett according to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

The popular club sits on the 6700 block of East 38th street.

According to IMPD, officers have responded to eight shootings, a stabbing, and a deadly shooting in the club’s parking lot.

In December of 2014, a shooting happened around 2:20 a.m. in the lot of Club Syllowett according to police. Officers arrived and found 20-year-old Trey Moore shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The complaints continued. A neighbor has complained that stray bullets struck his home. He believes the bullets came from a disturbance in the club’s parking lot.

“When you say you hear shots, we hear them too. That is why we try to get our patrons out as soon as we can,” said Owner Pearl Douglas.

During the hour hearing, Douglas adds the club has added extra security, placed several restrictions in place, and security guards ensure the parking lot is cleared.

Officers presented police reports and pictures from the club to the Marion County Liquor Board.

“This is our livelihood, and that’s what I’m fighting for, that’s what I’m fighting for,” said Douglas.

The Indiana Commission of Alcohol and Tobacco will have the final say on the board’s vote. Until then, Syllowett will operate under normal business hours.

The commission licenses and regulates around 10,000 permits. Those permits are distributed to restaurants, breweries, and grocery stores to name a few.

24-Hour News 8, talked to the owners after the meeting off camera. The husband and wife team said they don’t plan on closing, and they feel they are being targeted by the department.

In years past, IMPD has made recommendations to pull the liquor license of clubs that have accumulated numerous police runs. Club Molly and Club Industry had their licenses pulled after repeated run-ins with police. Both clubs were eventually forced to close.

Currently, there is no timetable for when the Indiana Commission of Alcohol and Tobacco will hear Club Syllowett’s case. If the commission upholds the board’s recommendation, Syllowett can appeal the decision.

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