D.A. to investigate weekend shooting near Beale Street club

(WMC-TV) - The District Attorney's office has some questions for a Memphis club with a history of problems, after six people were injured in a shootout near the club over the weekend.

Club Crave has been open for about a month, and already Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich has a case to consider.

"It will be looked at by our office," Weirich said Monday. "The police had to get involved."

Early Sunday morning, five people were shot in a parking lot next to the club. Police shot a sixth when they say she did not drop her gun.

Crave occupies 380 Beale Street, which was operated as The Plush Club.  That business was forced to move out after the District Attorney's office declared a public nuisance because of repeat violence.

Weirich says past problems have no bearing on the present.

"Whether it had been a location that had problems in the past or a brand new location, it's gonna hit our radar because it's our responsibility to make sure that businesses of this community operate safely," she said.

Crave's owners say they were well-aware of the history surrounding the location of their club when they decided to open it. They argue they should be judged by their own merit, "and nothing else."

By phone, a Crave spokesperson said management is confident the club can be operated in a safe, clean manner at 380 Beale, and that the club was in no way associated with Sunday's shooting.  Rather, the spokesperson said, the original disagreement started on Beale Street, and ended in a neighboring parking lot Crave does not rent, lease or own.

"Actually, where the thing began and 'Did it occur within the four falls of the building?' doesn't have much sway when you are talking about public safety," Weirich said.

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