Another fatal shooting occurred early Friday outside the Up Or On The Rocks nightclub (50 Union Place), prompting a temporary closure of the club.
Mayor Pedro Segarra has called for more police in bars and a change to a state law allowing 18-and-over parties in nightclubs. Up Or On The Rocks, which frequently hosts 18-and-over events, has agreed to close temporarily until a security plan is in place. The owner, Jerry Fornarelli, could not be reached for comment.
Friday’s incident was the second shooting death in August stemming from an altercation that began in the club, police said. On Aug. 4, Brian Simpe of Manchester was killed during a fight that started inside Up Or On the Rocks and spilled onto the street after the club closed.
Now, Michael Zaleski, head of the Hartford Business Improvement District, wants the establishment shut down for good.
He sent a letter to Segarra Friday calling for the permanent closure of Up Or On The Rocks, saying the club is ruining efforts to revitalize the city’s downtown.
“Perception and reality of the downtown are critical,” Zaleski wrote. “Thousands of dollars have been invested to try to change people’s perceptions of the city. We need people to be able to feel safe in the entertainment district. These types of incidents can’t continue to happen.”
You can read Zaleski’s letter here: HBID – Close Up or On the Rocks
What do you think? Should Up Or On The Rocks be shut down permanently, or should a better security plan be tested out first?