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Downtown Raleigh nightclub says officials target 'African American establishments'

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The city attorney's office plans to investigate Club Bodi after a shooting occurred there last year and a fatal shooting is believed to have originated there on June 1, 2014. The city attorney's office plans to investigate Club Bodi after a shooting occurred there last year and a fatal shooting is believed to have originated there on June 1, 2014.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

A downtown Raleigh nightclub that had its alcohol license suspended after shots were fired inside the club says it is unfairly targeted because of its clientele.

The ABC commission suspended the alcohol license of Club Bodi, located at 310 S. West St., after shots were fired inside the club on June 1 and a fleeing patron was shot to death about a block away.

In a post on its Facebook page after the ABC commission's ruling, Club Bodi said such suspensions seem to be "only targeted to African American establishments."

"When you're on top, it's bias how the powers that be try to break you down," the club posted.

The club added that "female entertainment will still be offered at our location from the hours of 1 a.m. to 6 a.m." It also thanked "all of our loyal customers for 4.5 years of your commitment to making Bodi the city's hottest urban club."

According to a Raleigh police report, many people left Club Bodi shortly after the shots were fired inside the nightclub on June 1. Minutes later, the police said, Vernon O'Neal Jones Jr. was shot to death in a nearby parking lot.

Police have not named a suspect in Jones' murder.

Last week, Raleigh City Council voted to have the city attorney's office investigate Club Bodi following the June 1 shooting and a shooting occurred that there in August 2013.

During the 2013 incident, two people were shot at Club Bodi. Michael Adolphe Cadet was subsequently charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon serious injury in connection with those shootings.

Lt. Brian Limper of the Raleigh Police wrote in a report on the June 1 shooting, "I feel continued operation of this business will result in injuries and/or death of patrons, staff, and/or law enforcement personnel."

He said the continued operation of the club put a strain on the Raleigh police and other law enforcement officials.

The club, however, said shootings at the club are "extremely rare."

The city said it will take legal action if deemed appropriate.

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