MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Purple Haze, a popular downtown Memphis nightclub, has closed indefinitely in the aftermath of a shooting that injured several people.
The shooting happened around 3 a.m. Monday morning.
An employee told FOX13 the suspect, identified as Jeremy Beck, got into a fight with one of the victims the night before the shooting. The next day, shots rang out inside the club.
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Four victims were taken to local hospitals. Others were also treated for injuries.
Warrants were issued for Beck, and he was arrested on Wednesday. The 32-year-old is charged with Attempted Second Degree Murder, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Aggravated Assault, and Convicted Felon in Possession of a Handgun, according to Memphis Police.
Morris Marketing Group released the following statement about the decision:
Purple Haze announced today that they are ceasing operations for the time being as management continues to evaluate best practices for providing a quality nightclub experience in Memphis.
As we stated earlier in the week, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the shooting incident that happened early Monday morning at Purple Haze. As the safety and security of our guests and employees are the most important priority, we are not announcing a re-opening date as we continue to evaluate best practices in order to provide a quality nightclub experience in Memphis, Tennessee.
Our current security plan on file with the Tennessee Alcohol Beverage Commission has been approved and details the security efforts that we have instituted for over seven and a half years. Depending on crowd size, we employ five to seven strategically placed security guards paid at a minimum of $20 an hour and an armed off-duty police officer paid at $40 an hour that has the authority to uphold the law as needed. Our front door security officers use metal-detecting wands to check patrons as they enter the door. As our capacity is only 200 people, we believe we provide more security coverage per person than other venues in the area.
We understand that what happened Monday morning was a terrible event. As we have stated we are closing to evaluate how to move forward to provide a quality nightclub experience, however we are unsure if that is possible in the current environment in Downtown Memphis.
Many times, we have been portrayed in the news media as having been the location for violent events, when in fact the violent events happened on the street outside of Purple Haze and neighboring parking garages that we do not own or operate. Police reports and media use Purple Haze as a landmark in the reporting of the events casting a negative light on our operations. Through our own research of on-file police incident reports, we have learned that there are clubs in the Historic District that have had significantly more incidents requiring police involvement than Purple Haze, yet seemingly less media attention.
Given the regularity of violent events that occur Downtown, we are concerned for the citizens and tourists of Memphis. We applaud Director Rallings and the Memphis Police Department for their efforts for doing all they can to mitigate the violence, but violent events are going to happen despite everyone’s best efforts.
We urge the citizens of Memphis to take note and work with their representatives and city leaders to try to find a solution to decrease the violence in the city.
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