Local nightclub loses liquor license

Shooting leads to revocation
Oct. 07, 2013 @ 01:58 PM

A local nightclub where a shooting took place late last month lost its liquor license.
According to a Thomasville Police Department press release, Anthony J. Craft, owner of LJ's Lounge, the site of a Sept. 29 shooting that put two people in the hospital, received a notice of rejection letter from the N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission for permits to sell malt and mixed beverages. The ABC Commission on Oct. 1 also revoked Craft's temporary permit for nine factors, including past violations, objections of nearby residents and businesses, and the September shooting.
"As a result of collaborative partnerships between the TPD, N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement, City of Thomasville Planning and Inspections , local businesses, and citizens of our community, we were able to address the immediate conditions that gave rise to public safety issues, such as crime, social disorder and fear of crime," said Chief Jeff Insley.
Jay Patrick Henderson Jr. and and Dustin Matthew Russell suffered gunshot wounds after numerous fights reportedly broke out inside LJ's Lounge, 120-D W. Main St., on Sept. 29 at approximately 2:29 a.m.
No arrests have been made in connection to the shooting and investigators ask anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers of Thomasville at 476-8477.