Organization wants Pine Bluff Clubs to close before 5:30 a.m.
(KATV) In August, Pine Bluff city
council members voted to keep night clubs open until 5:30 rather than starting
last call at 1 a.m. and shutting the doors at 2. Sunday, a Justice of the Peace
was shot in the face at a club. Now an organization against violence wants the
ordinance brought up for another vote.
Friends of 34-year old Lloyd Franklin
say he will recover from his injuries. Franklin was reportedly trying to stop a
fight that started in the club, he got the individuals outside but then ran
back covered in blood.
No signage, most the doors and
windows are covered with boards like the neighboring businesses on 4th street
in downtown. From a glass door you can
see it is not abandoned, there is a DJ table, recently used alcohol bottles and
It is the night club where
Justice of the Peace Lloyd Franklin spent his Saturday, early Sunday. Rev.
Jessie Turner says, "If council members continue to say 'let's keep the clubs
open late hours', I think that is going to contribute to this."
Jessie Turner is with ICVR, an
organization focused on preventing violence. He knows Justice of the Peace, Lloyd
Franklin's stance to keep night clubs open late so people will have a place to
party. "It is just a sad situation but if the people were gone at 1 or 2, he
would not have gotten shot," Turner explains.
At about 2 a.m. Sunday, witnesses
heard roughly 25 shots outside the building. Pine Bluff officers found Franklin
by following the blood trail. He was shot in the face. Turner says it's time to
for council members to revisit the ordinance. "I think the blood is on their
hands at this time for the person who was actually shot whether he was trying
to prevent a fight."
No suspects have been arrested. Police
are still working to determine if 23 year old Antonio Jenkins death is
connected to the shooting. He was found dead at home hours after the club
shooting. Friends told police he did go to a party early that morning.