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Residents Report Gunshots at Loca Luna

Residents continue to voice concerns about safety, noise

Resident Michael Brady thought he heard fireworks last Saturday outside his home near Amsterdam Walk.

The six loud shots turned out to be gunfire outside by , a busy nightclub on Amsterdam Walk, 550 Amsterdam Ave.

Residents who live near Loca Luna have complained for months about loud noise and safety concerns surrounding late-night parties, especially on the weekends.

Brady and others say cars block driveways and fire hydrants, and police officers and private security do little to stop the problem.

“A shooting today is going to result in a death tomorrow,” Brady told Patch. “Loca Luna needs to be shut down.”

Residents say fights at the club are becoming more common and a brawl that included about 20 people broke out Saturday night.

“We cannot afford to have a club this size in a residential area cul-de-sac,” Brady said. “We do not want this kind of activity in our residential neighborhoods.”

When contacted by Patch on Thursday, Loca Luna ownership declined to comment.

, Loca Luna Community Relations Liaison Leigh Davis-Turner said the owners are “committed” to finding solutions to the long list of complaints from residents. That meeting was organized by Loca Luna owner Eric Kline, but a club representative barred a Patch reporter from attending.

However, several Virginia-Highland, Morningside and Midtown residents voiced their concerns to Patch after the meeting.

The biggest concerns included the quantity and behavior of Loca Luna patrons, where they leave their cars, and the lack of city law enforcement.

Davis-Turner promised to hold another community meeting toward the end of the summer. Additional requests for comment from Kline and Loca Luna in the weeks following the meeting have been declined.

Atlanta Police failed to return requests for more information about the incidents Saturday night. However, one source with knowledge of the Saturday incident told Patch that the shots occurred outside the Simply Sun Tanning salon located near the club at 560 Amsterdam Ave.

How do you think the Loca Luna situation should be handled? Do you think the parties are out of control? Tell us in the comments!

- Hunt Archbold contributed to this story

Chris Murphy June 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM
@AJM- no, no one was caught. But if you were familiar with the meetings, it was pretty obvious what was going on. A couple of members, for instance, were famously disengaged during meetings, and were in constant financial problems- but they always voted to uphold or give licenses to the worst offenders/applicants. One of the LRB investigators was fired for cocaine use on the job- they verify applicants' info, like distance requirements. This guy could turn 4' to 400' with the check of a pen. It was things like those that made the LRB an obvious problem.
suavez August 22, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Seems like what happened in Buckhead years ago. Black people came in and got violent and loud and they had to shut the whole thing down. What a shame.
Brian Gross August 22, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Suavez - yes the crowd is black but the way you write it, you are saying all black people are violent, or at least "get violent" sometimes. Yes it is a nearly all black crowd - but I am not sure if this is a crowd of mostly great people with a small violent element that starts to attend, or if it's a rough crowd in the first place. But I didn't want a comment that appears to be racist, to go without a reaction. This attitude makes me a little sick actually - Metro Atlanta is also the home of perhaps the greatest concentration of black professionals (business owners, doctors, lawyers, educators, clergy, you name it) of anyplace in the country outside of Greater New York.
suavez1 August 22, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Sorry, but the behaviour there screams ghetto black people, even though they are not usually associated with Morningside or Virginia-Highland. That is why I was a bit confused when I first heard about all the thuggish behaviour. Buckhead used to be a cool area to party on the weekends till black thugs showed up and ruined it for everyone. Obviously it is not all black people doing this, but in Atlanta when you hear about this sort of thing you can pretty much be assured it is a black person. Why can't the thugs stay in the fourth ward or below I-20?
Brian Gross August 22, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Suavez you don't even seem to understand how offensive your language is. You are right since 99% was black the problems were almost certainly caused by some people who were black. But the way you write you are saying all black people who are unfortunate enough to live in the ghetto, are troublemakers. There are plenty of hardworking and honest people living in the ghetto who have to work 2 and 3 jobs just to struggle to get by. When you say "ghetto blacks" do this and that, you are insulting all those people who have a lot harder life than you probably do. What happened at Amsterdam Walk happened, and yeah it was black thugs most likely, but please be respectful of your fellow human beings when you throw your language around like that. Since you put a "u" in "behavior" maybe you are not originally from the US and you don't fully understand how offensive your choice of words is.

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