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City council member works to stop violence following club shooting

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Updated: 2/17 8:43 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- District 14 City Council member Jim Love said he's working with city leaders to help curb the violence after a deadly nightclub shooting.

It's been more than 24 hours since a deadly shooting at the Fat Kat Lounge on Edgewood Avenue, but nearby businesses are still reeling from the violence.

Action News spoke to several store owners who refused to speak on camera but they all agreed they don't feel safe on the weekends.

"I also live on Edgewood and I know a lot of the business owners in that area, and I'm very concerned about the death and the shooting," said Love.

Love was disturbed to learn about the violence and he plans to do something about it.

"Certainly we are going to make sure they've met all of the requirements of the law. Whether it be fire code, did they have too many people in there? Were they serving alcohol after 2 a.m.? That's something to take a look at," said Love. 

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said the shooting happened around 4 a.m. Sunday with more than 200 people inside the club. According to neighbors, Saturday is promoted as teen night at the nightclub.

Despite repeated calls and emails to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office since Sunday, police have
 yet to confirm if any teens were involved in the shooting.

Love says he has already reached out to State Attorney Angela Corey and Sheriff John Rutherford to brainstorm ways to curb the violence.

Love said he plans on calling the owners of the building to ask for their help.

"I'm going to do everything I can to stop the violence there," said Love.

Next Thursday members of the Murray Hill Preservation Association will hold their monthly meeting. Business owners on Edgewood Avenue said they plan on bringing up the violence at Fat Kat Lounge.

Calls to the owner of the Fat Kat building were not immediately returned.

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