Mother of man shot outside night club says it shouldn’t be shut down

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Birmingham night club where a man was shot and killed over the weekend will remain closed for now.

An emergency hearing was held on the issue Tuesday.

The Birmingham City Council voted to revoke the club’s business license last week because of its history of violence and underage drinking.

Now, a Jefferson County judge has decided to keep that ruling in play this week until he has time to make a permanent ruling. Interesting, though, is that the mother of one of the men who was injured in the club’s parking lot over the weekend was at the hearing, and she still supports the club.

Brandon Cephus has worked at the Foxx Trap Gentleman’s Club for years. He was shot several times in the parking lot over the weekend. His mother, Wanda Ware, attended the hearing in support of the club.

“He shot my child twice,” Ware said. “My child crawled under a truck because he was still shooting at my child. And had he shot again, my child probably could have been dead.”

Despite almost losing her son, Ware still doesn’t want the club shut down.

“They’re gonna party somewhere else, they’re gonna always party somewhere else,” Ware said. “But we can’t blame him for our children’s mistakes. That’s not fair.”

Cephus was shot twice during the incident.

One of the bullets grazed his chin and entered his shoulder, according to Ware.

“The other one hit a main artery in his leg,” added Ware.

She says the general manager of the Foxx Trapp, Stephen Tutt, runs a legitimate business and that he’s not responsible for what happens after the club is closed.

Judge Tom King said he hopes to have a final ruling on the fate of the Foxx Trap by Friday.

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News

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