Recent Shootings in Morningside, Piedmont Heights and Cheshire Bridge Corridor
Unfortunately, over this past week there have been multiple shooting incidents in Piedmont Heights and Morningside. This escalation of gun-related crime is unacceptable and understandably causing anxiety among residents.
Last night, there was an incident at Onyx in Morningside. Here is what I know from Major Senzer, Zone Commander for Atlanta Police Zone 2.
"On Tuesday June 29, 2021, at around 3:30am officers responded to Club Onyx at 1888 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE on a report of shots being fired. On scene officers found an adult male with a gunshot wound. Later a second adult male was transported by POV to an area hospital with a gunshot wound. Both patients are in stable condition. Preliminary investigation found that there had been a gunshot fired inside the club causing the crowd to begin leaving. In the parking lot outside someone began firing gun and security personnel at the nightclub returned fire. It is unclear at this time who was shooting inside the nightclub, who was shooting in the parking lot, or who shot the two people that were wounded. The Aggravated Assault Unit detectives are continuing the investigation.
Please keep in mind that this is preliminary information and may change as the investigation progresses or new information is discovered."
This is at least the second reported shooting at or near Onyx since it reopened. Establishments holding liquor licenses in the City have a responsibility to operate safely and by the rules, and Onyx is failing to do so. I have asked Licensing and Permitting to put Onyx at the top of their list to bring an action before the License Review Board (LRB). City Council amended the alcohol code this year to allow for revocation of a liquor license even on the first offense, and that is what I will push for here. I will keep you updated as actions are filed against alcohol license holders in D6.
I am also working with and fully supportive of the efforts of Community Leaders for Enforcement, Accountability, and Responsibility in Alcohol Licensing (CLEAR) in working with the restaurant industry and City to re-write the alcohol code to ensure that establishments with a liquor license are operating safely and are good corporate citizens to the neighborhoods in which they are located. You can read about their initiatives here.
There is a virtual town hall planned for tomorrow, Wednesday, June 30, where we can discuss these recent incidents and public safety issues as a whole in Police Zone 6. If you are interested, please register here.