County sues to shut down Club Life after murder, string of assaults

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It could be a death blow for Club Life.

The Harris County Attorney’s Office has won a temporary restraining order shuttering the notorious Houston nightclub after a string of criminal activity that includes a triple shooting in December.

The county is seeking to permanently close the facility as a public nuisance.

“Club Life is a danger to the patrons, employees, residents living nearby and to law enforcement,” County Attorney Vince Ryan said in a statement. “The frequent assaults and liquor violations result in serious and sometimes fatal injuries and incidents that are harmful to the public.”

The case was filed in Harris County Court on March 20, and a judge granted the county’s request the same day. Another hearing was set for Thursday morning to extend the injunction.

The lawsuit names the company that operates the bar, the property owner, three employees, the property itself and a promotions company previously named in another club lawsuit.

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The suit catalogues a slew of assaults and crimes over a 10-month period starting in mid-2016 and ending days before the case was filed.

The first incident outlined in the suit was in May 2016, when a bouncer broke a guest’s jaw after he refused to leave. Afterward, the man spent three days in the hospital.

Two months later, a man claimed the club security threatened him with a gun, just weeks after a DJ had to get staples in his head after he was assaulted by a guest.

Then in early August, a patron leaving the club was assaulted by a group of men who broke his teeth. A week later, a woman said she was assaulted at the club. The following day an employee was assaulted by a bouncer. Two days later a guest was robbed and hit in the head with a liquor bottle.

On Aug. 21, an underage girl said she blacked out after she was given alcohol by a man at Club Life. She was later found in a field across from the club with only a bra on. Naked pictures of her were posted on social media.

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In October, an employee was stabbed while trying to break up a fight.

Then in December, aspiring rapper Kionn Lamothe, 25, was killed when gunfire broke out after a brawl started inside the club in the 3700 block of Fannin. At least two others were wounded in the shooting that left 30 shell casings littered outside the hotspot where fighting is “habitual,” according to the suit.

In January and February, Houston police dinged the club for liquor violations. The club does not have a license to serve alcohol and has been accused of over-serving, offenses that netted three arrests of bartenders over two police visits.

A call to Club Life was not answered Wednesday and the other defendants either could not be reached or, in one case, placed the call on hold and never returned.

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