City leaders push to shut down local gentlemen’s club

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — JSO officers are investigating the second deadly shooting near a local gentlemen’s club in Jacksonville this month.

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Action News Jax first reported that a man died in a triple shooting near Mascaras at the beginning of the month. Early Monday morning, JSO said a man died after he was shot outside Passions.

Mad Dads of Jacksonville posted a picture of the victim to Facebook and identified him as Tyrell Bartley, 27.

Meanwhile, two city leaders and a neighbor want Mascaras gone.

“It does bring some different elements to the neighborhood,” Melissa Murphy told Action News Jax.

She has lived just down the street from the strip mall where Mascaras is since 1993.

“It’s usually on Friday and Saturday night we hear gunshots constantly,” she said.

At-large council member Matt Carlucci has come up with legislation to shut down Mascaras.

JSO’s Crime Map shows 28 calls in the past four weeks within a one-mile radius of the club. Those calls included 19 reported thefts and four assaults.

“Mascaras has been the ongoing complaint, over and over and over and over and over again,” Carlucci said.

Kevin Carrico, whose district the club is in, told Action News Jax:

“I heard about the murder this morning and was saddened to hear about the loss of life. Unfortunately, we are seeing this happen more frequently around the area where these adult entertainment venues are located in my district. We are working with JSO and our legal team at the city and have filed legislation to declare Mascaras a nuisance and get it shut down. Our citizens deserve better.”

Action News Jax reached out to Mascaras for comment but has not heard back from them.

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“I don’t want to spoil anybody’s fun but you have got to be responsible,” Murphy said.

While she admits she is rethinking how safe she feels in her neighborhood, Murphy said she leans on her faith that she will be kept safe.

Note: Passions’ ownership has been cooperating with law enforcement and the proposed ordinance is not directed towards them.