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Neighbors complaining about shooting outside nightclub

by Natasha Chen

KILLEEN - Gunshots fired outside the Junction 45 nightclub this weekend were not the first at the location. Previous violent incidents occurred under the watch of different owners and different club names. The latest event has caused a nearby resident to ask the city to take action.

The resident who wrote to city council members wanted to remain anonymous saying, "I don't understand the mentality that, you know, to behave that way to make them think they have to carry a gun to a club."

The lot, at the corner of East Veterans Memorial Blvd. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., has been home to several shootings over the years and even a fire, which caused the building to be renovated.

Councilman Larry Cole answered her message. He told News Channel 25, "I personally am not interested in shutting it down. I just want the current management to provide adequate security and safety not only for the club, but for the surrounding area."

The resident said, "Councilman Cole responded that they ought to get with the club owners and see what they could do. So I thought, fair enough. But if nothing's done, then they need to leave."

But a club manager, Mark Norman, said that this is the first time any shooting has happened since they opened less than a year ago as Junction 45. Norman said that they have 10 armed officers outside and 15 floormen inside every night.

In response to people who may write the city with their concerns, Norman said, "People are going to do what they're going to do. We're trying to provide a service for everybody in the community, and we're trying the best that we can do with security."

Norman also said, "The history of this good old property is just bad, bad, bad is what they think. So it doesn't matter if we, you know, put a McDonald's there. They're going to say this building or this property is bad or tainted."

He said they're running a good, safe establishment and that the shooting this weekend did not even happen on club property.

Still, Councilman Larry Cole wrote to the city manager and police chief, asking for more stringent requirements on the club.


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