Sky Lounge temporarily shut down after patron is shot

A shooting in Providence outside a nightclub early Friday morning capped off another busy week for Providence Police, who asked the city's Board of Licenses to shut down the club.

"That club right now is a hot zone for us," Major David Lapatin said.

Police tell NBC 10 the shooting happened about 1:20 a.m. Friday outside the Sky Lounge. A patrol officer testified at the hearing that he and other officers in the area heard a gunshot that came from the parking lot of the Sky Lounge, which was the only club open at the time.

When they arrived, the patrol officer said, several men were holding down another man and told police that man had shot someone.

While officers said they did not recover a gun or shell casings on the scene, the victim had a gunshot wound on his right shoulder and several witnesses told police the victim, suspect and other "associates" were in the Sky Lounge before this happened.

Major Lapatin asked the Board to shut down the Sky Lounge, noting that some of the people involved in the incident are known gang members or associated with gang members. He expressed concern that there could be more violence there over the weekend.

"They tend to be creatures of habit, they want to go into the same place, they want to hang out at the same nightclubs. They retaliate a lot against each other - that's what we deal with out here," Lapatin said.

The Board of Licenses decided Friday evening to revoke all of the Sky Lounge's licenses for 72 hours, until an emergency hearing Monday at 7 p.m.

"We're afraid that the next night these people would show up and the club would have 50 or 60 people in the club who have nothing to do with any of this, but if shots were fired, it's a risk," Johanna Harris, head of the Board of Licenses, said.

Police say it's a chance they don't want to take.

The Board of Licenses confirmed to NBC 10 that the club also has pending violations for serving underage customers. Harris said that did not factor into her decision Friday evening.