Another Hunt Club shooting could lead to strict bar ordinance

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - "We have to have order," says Hattiesburg City Council President, Kim Bradley.

It's not about the booze either, but the security;  that's the order Bradley wants: a safe environment for nightclub and bar customers.  Repeated incidents at local nightclubs like the Hunt Club have spurred on a proposed bar ordinance.  It was pulled from the last City Council meeting after an outpouring of support from local bar owners and their patrons , but council members have one more reason to seriously consider the ordinance after another shooting at the Hunt Club Friday morning.

PIO Lt. Eric Proulx says that "when the officers responded to the scene they spoke to witnesses who said that two gentlemen had been in a physical altercation in the parking lot.  One of the men was hitting the other with the butt of a hand gun when the security guard moved to intervene the gentleman decided to fire one round in the guard's direction."

The suspect 25 year-old, Jason Walker, was apprehended, and charged with three counts of aggravated assault.

Despite the incident,  Hunt Club officials say that they have beefed up their security.

The incident comes amidst a discussion over a proposed bar ordinance. City Council President, Kim Bradley, said "This is the reason we have to put some sort of ordinance into place, not to hurt small businesses, but to better protect our citizens."

Several other shootings have taken place at Remington's Hunt Club in 2010 and 2011, including one which injured three University of Southern Mississippi football team members and left one paralyzed from the waist down.

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