JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There have been 70 calls in just two years to the Fat Kat nightclub in Murray Hill. That’s how many we counted after obtaining Jacksonville Sheriff's Office records for the business.
Since 2012 there have been four reported fights, and eight assaults. Shots were fired in November of 2012, August 2013 and again last October. The last straw for neighbors was the chaos Sunday morning after five people were shot, one of them killed.
"I'm going to do everything I can to stop the violence there," said Councilman Jim Love.
City leaders have already promised to take action, with talks of a possible shutdown.
"I don't see why the city would want to shut it down. At any club you go to there's always a problem in any club you go to," said Jovon Johnson.
Action News sat down with Johnson, who said he was jumped by three men inside the club, just before the shooting.
"I look up and get swung on. Boom," said Johnson.
With a large cut on his cheek and a swollen jaw, Johnson said he got into a scuffle with a JSO officer outside, after the fight. Fifteen minutes later gunfire rang out.
Johnson said security was tighter than ever that night, but said someone likely tucked their gun away and got in.
"People tuck it under their privates, or behind them," he said.
We ran into the owners of the club during a Black Panther Rally Wednesday. They wouldn't speak on camera, but said they're planning a meeting with all of the club owners to find a way to keep guns and violence out of their businesses.
Club owners said they recently stepped up security, with three body checks per person. They even had JSO deputies monitoring activity on event nights.