Will the mayor's change in liquor regulations have a huge impact on violence in the area?
(KMOV)—An early morning homicide has city leaders changing its liquor regulations and night club closing times in East St. Louis.
Police say 23-year-old Steven Holmes was shot at 4 a.m. on the 100 block of Collinsville Avenue. No word on what led to the shooting but officers report the scene turned “wild” after the shooting.
The East St. Louis Mayor has called the city to immediately suspend all non-casino sales of liquor after 1 a.m. until further notice. The liquor board also placed a $1,000 fine and a 30-day suspension on the club.
“Ultimately, the City of East St. Louis will do whatever it deems necessary to bring about an environment that is as healthy and as safe as it can be,” according to the East St. Louis Mayor’s office.
This act by the mayor and city leaders came about after the city of East St. Louis experienced two major acts of violence in the past two days near local businesses. Both situations reportedly involved violations of multiple city ordinances.
Club 103 had their liquor license suspended and Club Flava had their business license revoked.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is pushing for a permanent early cut-off but Mayor Parks says he wouldn't allow it because it would hurt businesses.
Since May of 2011, the city has adopted two ordinances designated to enhance security in and around its establishments. Additionally, the city has adopted other laws, practices, and procedures since May of 2007 that have helped to create the atmosphere that our citizens desire.
Both incidents are still under investigation at this time
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