HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) - Crime tape surrounds Heat Nightclub in Huber Heights, the scene of a deadly shooting.
Police Chief Rob Schommer tells us that around 2:30 Saturday morning, a fight broke out inside the club, but then moved to the parking lot.
That's when multiple shots were fired, shattering the front door and leaving bullet holes in nearby cars.
When the gunsmoke settled, three people, including 25 year-old Charles Bell the third had been shot.
Bell was pronounced dead at the scene, another victim is now in critical condition.
The chief says because of the large crowd, officers from all over Montgomery County were called in to help.
"It is a dangerous situation for officers to go into and to make sure that they are able to maintain the security of everyone else there, as well as the crime scene," says Chief Schommer.
The chief tells us he doesn't know how many shots were fired or how many shooters there were.
But, this isn't the first time police have been called to Heat.
"It's been a battle for the last year at least and yes we have had some issues and we've attempted to resolve them and we hope that we can continue to keep it as safe as we can," comments Chief Schommer.
I spoke with the city's attorney, Mike Bly, last December as Huber Heights was fighting to revoke the nightclub's liquor license.
"It's been everything from shootings to assaults on police officers to noise complaints. It's really had a substantial impact on the neighborhood as a whole," explains Bly.
Despite the city's efforts, in April, the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas upheld a decision by the Ohio Liquor Control Commission, which ruled in favor of the nightclub's liquor license renewal.
"Somebody's dumb enough to give them their license back, you've got to expect something like this," says Dennis Kleiner.
Kleiner lives nearby and tells us he's not surprised...just sad and disappointed a violent crime like this happened in his community.
And there's only one thing Kleiner thinks can stop it from happening again.
"I'd like to see it shutdown. I really would. I think we'd get rid of all of the problems we have out here because they're the only ones causing problems," comments Kleiner.
2 NEWS called Heat Nightclub today,looking for answers, but have not heard back.
However, this statement was posted on the nightclub's Facebook, in response to the shootings:
"For those who are asking, yes there were some unfortunate events that occurred at Heat last night, but it was NOT teen-related whatsoever. There has not been a teen party at Heat since April 12. We have all those involved in the unfortunate events in our prayers."
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