ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- New concerns about club violence and the safety of residents in downtown St. Louis surface with the release of new information about an officer-involved shooting.
The concerns stem from allegations that an unlicensed bouncer may have shot and killed an off-duty police officer outside of the downtown night club The Label @ The Ballpark.
I found out that the guard should not have had a gun in the first place.
It's revelations like that in public records that have people living and working around Washington Avenue concerned about Couture, a new lounge slated to open on the ground floor of the University Lofts building. Couture is a venture by the former manager of The Label, but everyone I have talked to says she's refused to come clean about the connection.
"This family has not been open and honest and have hidden several facts, and that's not acceptable," Anna Klein says.
Klein lives across the street from Windows on Washington, where she works. She and several other businesses have pulled their support for a new bar on their block.
"I'm certainly not against new business, by any means," Jackie James, owner of London Tea Room, says. "We don't necessarily need to have more opportunity for people to get drunk and hurt any property or hurt any people for that matter too."
The owner of Couture has been trying to distance herself from The Label. After the April shooting there, the owners say the incident "isn't a mirror of The Label @ The Ballpark or its ownership."
But according to liquor board records obtained by News 4, the bar's bouncer broke the law when he shot at officer Daryl Hall, because police tell me that that armed guard did not have a security license, and therefore should not have had a weapon while working.
Business people on Washington Avenue admit that the shooting at The Label could have happened anywhere, but don't want to see it in their neighborhood.
"My main concern is safety," Klein says. "Safety for both residents, safety for our clients, our guests and the people of the area who are not part of that scene."
I emailed Couture's owner, LeTeri Little, three times to get her side of the story, but so far she has not responded. Previously, she wrote this to me about the new business:
The proposed hours of operation are 11a-11pm M-Th, 11am-130am Fri-Sat.
In a nutshell, it's a boutique styled cafe/lounge(speakeasy style venue) geared towards the fashion friendly. We will serve food and exotic handmade cocktails as well as some light retail.
We(my business partner, Angelique and I) are excited about our new business venture and truly appreciate the support we have gotten from the residents in the neighborhood."