Business Owner Defends An Area In Town After Murder

Business Owner Defends An Area In Town After Murder

Business owners in the North Scott St. and Sheppard Access Rd. area are concerned about the bad reputation the area is getting.

A man was shot and killed there on Sunday but we told you yesterday police consider that area safe. Still business owners are getting the backlash of this murder.

For almost 10 years Mick Larkin has been working hard to make sure his business, Krank It Karaoke Cafe is known as the best entertainment business in town. But after a man got murdered in front of a club that's right next to his, many people are saying that part of town is dangerous. Costumers have even considered canceling events there because of all the misconceptions the murder has stirred up.

"I want everybody to know that we were closed at the time of the shooting and we had absolutely nothing to do with it. Our patrons and our staff remained out of harms way at all times," said Larkin.

But Larkin says the club next door was open when the murder happened around 3a.m. and he says that's the biggest problem. There's a local ordinance that demands any club or bar in the central business district or downtown area to be close after 2a.m. That district ends on 5th St. which means it doesn't apply to businesses on North Scott.

"I feel that when they passed the law or the ordinance downtown, they pushed the problem to my doorstep. It's unfair that only the downtown area receives the protection of the ordinance," said Larkin.

Larkin says 10,000 new customers walk through his doors every year and he wants to keep it that way. That's why he's planning to go to the next city council meeting to ask members to extend the ordinance to the rest of the city. He says maybe that's what it will take to make all the misconceptions disappear.

Larkin says, "I think it's convenient to blame this area because the area had a bad reputation 30 years ago. When we opened here we began to change the neighborhood. We made outstanding progress. Like I said our crime level here is very low. I can't tell you the last time I had to call the police."

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6