Warehouse Business Assoc. calls for Epic closure

8:33 PM, Nov 4, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Epic officials said in the statement on Monday that it is "serious about its commitment to providing as secure an environment as possible."

In addition to security provided by the club, police also boosted patrols in the area on Saturday night and early Sunday morning.

"We implement the most extensive security measures in the Warehouse District. We have invested in metal detectors and security cameras. All patrons entering Epic are subject to search and security screening. On the night of the incident, Epic employed 40 security staff members and six off-duty Minneapolis police officers."

Someone still got a gun inside and shot and killed Tyrone Washington.

"The management and staff of Epic are shocked and saddened by the events of the early morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 3. We express sympathy and extend condolences to the family of the shooting victim. We are cooperating with all phases of the Minneapolis Police Department's continuing investigation of the incident."

Despite the cooperation, others in the Warehouse District say they want to kick the business out of downtown.

"We would really like to see Epic shut down," said Joanne Kaufman, the executive director of the Warehouse Business Association. 

Last year, there were 94 police calls to Epic. Calls ranged from assault, to robbery, even several about a person with a gun. So far this year, there have been 65 calls.

But Epic argues that it "is an event center that serves nonprofits, businesses, concert promoters and private parties. Over six years, more than 1.5 million patrons have passed safely through our doors."

 

Shutting a business down isn't easy, but when it threatens the well being of an entire area something needs to give, Kaufman said.

"We have been in contact ... with the police department and we sent emails to the mayor's office and city council," she said. 

Epic just applied for a liquor license renewal in August. The application is still in the review process.

Epic said that it is reviewing all of its security measures to "ensure we continue to provide as safe and secure environment as possible for all of our patrons."

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