Officials: Nightclub had incidents before shooting

AP News
Posted: Dec 27, 2011 8:30 PM
Officials: Nightclub had incidents before shooting

Officials in Chattanooga say a church-run nightclub where nine people were shot and wounded has been the scene of violent incidents in the past.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary said Tuesday that the club had been the site of shootings, stabbings, fights and assaults since 2006.

City spokesman Richard Beeland said city legal officials are reviewing options following the Christmas morning shooting.

Authorities say the shooting followed a fight at Club Fathom, where some 400 teens and adults were attending a Christmas party. No arrests have been reported.

Tim Reid, the pastor of the church that runs the nightclub, did not respond to an after-hours email Tuesday from The Associated Press seeking a response to comments of police and city officials.

Mosaic Church runs the club as a youth outreach.