A New Bedford nightclub has been ordered shut down after seven people were shot outside of it on Saturday morning. Police say the incident occurred following an altercation at Jalice Cafe, and all victims suffered non life-threatening injuries.
According to ABC 6, police responded to a call saying that two people were shot. They discovered that five additional people suffered gun shot wounds to their lower legs, and went to the hospital on their own. In total, four males and three females were injured and ten shell casings were found at the scene.
NECN reported that shots were fired after a patron left the club to find a drink on his vehicle and an altercation occurred. New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell said in a public statement:
“First of all, I am grateful that none of the injuries suffered as a result of this incident were life-threatening. We will not tolerate this sort of violence in our community. The City is taking swift, direct action with respect to the bar involved in the incident. The Police Department has ordered the establishment closed this evening, and the Licensing Board will hold a hearing on Wednesday evening to determine the role of the bar and whether sanctions are appropriate. In the meantime, the Police Department has made this investigation its top priority, and is actively pursuing every lead to apprehend those responsible for the incident.”
Bullet holes were found in a building near Jalice Cafe. Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call Detective William Westgate at (508) 991-6300, ext. 136.