City officials close club, fear retaliation for shooting

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The decision to temporarily close a Providence club was partially because officials feared retaliation if it remained open, a city official said.

Fete, a club located at 103 Dike Street, was temporarily ordered closed by the Providence Board of Licenses after an emergency meeting was held on Sunday.

According to Providence Board of Licenses Vice-Chairman Everett Bianco, a fight between two rival groups inside of the club spilled outside into the parking lot early Sunday morning.

Witnesses told Eyewitness News that two vehicles sped off from the scene as shots were fired from one of the cars. A 22-year-old man was shot and transported to the hospital.

Bianco explained that every decision to close a business is done with public safety in mind, and that there was a fear of retaliation if the club opened on Sunday night.

“I wish the club owners would do a better job of their surveillance as far as letting the proper people in, the pat downs before people get in. It’s alarming sometimes,” he said. “The licensee has a responsibility to people that are patrons of their establishment for safety.”

Fete was scheduled to host a wrestling event on Sunday, which was canceled after the club was shut down.

The Providence Board of Licenses will meet later this week to discuss the future of the club.

 

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