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Tuscaloosa City Council Revokes Business License of Bar Following Fatal shooting

In a tragic incident that occurred on January 21, a fatal shooting at CRU Lounge in Tuscaloosa left 28-year-old Rashid Little dead. As a result, the Tuscaloosa City Council has voted unanimously to revoke the business license of Rackd Up LLC, the company that owns the bar.

Patch previously reported that a contract security guard and a female acquaintance were arrested and charged in connection with the ongoing homicide investigation. The Council’s decision to revoke the license comes after a thorough evaluation of the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

During a public hearing, City Attorney Scott Holmes sought information from Tuscaloosa Police Chief Brent Blankley and Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit Captain Marty Sellers regarding the scene of the shooting and the business’s involvement. Blankley revealed that during a hearing in June 2023 for its alcohol license, the owners of CRU Lounge presented the establishment as a high-end restaurant that would never exceed its capacity due to its reservation system.

Blankley also discovered that the suspect, 35-year-old Arron Dewayne Hill, was a convicted felon and prohibited from owning a firearm. Furthermore, he was not licensed by the Alabama Security Regulatory Board. It was revealed that Hill was working as an employee of Grizzly Security on his first night at CRU Lounge.

Prior to the shooting, Blankley had visited the business twice due to capacity issues and had given them a warning on New Year’s Eve. However, he stated that the employees and owners of CRU Lounge were uncooperative and refused to take responsibility for Hill’s actions. Security camera footage showed that the bar was overcrowded and multiple security guards were involved in assaulting Rashid Little, while employees of the bar stood by and did nothing.

CRU Lounge representatives claimed that Little was a regular patron of the establishment. Despite attempts to speak with Kevin Davis, one of the owners, Blankley found him to be uncooperative and disinterested in cooperating with the investigation.

Davis, however, expressed his remorse to Little’s family and explained that he was in the kitchen at the time of the incident, as they were short-staffed. He emphasized that CRU Lounge had been open for six months without any prior incidents.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, and additional charges are possible. Both Hill and Thyais Walker, a resident of Vance, remain in the Tuscaloosa County Jail without bond. Walker, who was at the lounge during the shooting, has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

As the community mourns the loss of Rashid Little, an online petition has been launched, calling for the killing to be considered a hate crime due to Little’s sexual orientation.

The Tuscaloosa City Council’s decision to revoke the business license of CRU Lounge serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining a safe and responsible environment for patrons. The incident highlights the need for thorough background checks and proper training for security personnel to prevent such tragic events from occurring in the future.

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