Shooting at previously closed club draws questions

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — There are more questions than “Why did this happen?” following a shooting at Continental Ballroom Saturday night.

Police say a teenager was shot and a suspect hasn’t been arrested yet.

“How is this business still open?” is the question on many minds. Birmingham City Councilwoman Shelia Tyson says, the mother of the teen who was shot is one of the people asking it.

“How are they able to open up and have this event when their license was pulled?”

That’s question Tyson vows to take to the city and the mayor Monday.

In June of 2010 the business license for Continental Ballroom was revoked by the Birmingham City Council after numerous complaints from Birmingham and neighboring Homewood.

In November of 2010, someone came forward requesting a business license to create a new night club for but it was denied because of the history of criminal activity at the location.

Continental now has a for sale sign out front and littering the property are flyers promoting more parties later this month.

According to the realtor for the property, she is only involved trying to sell or lease the building for long-term use. It is the owner who continues to rent it for events.

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