Residents talk safety one week after Shockoe Bottom murder

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond business owners and residents talk about the Shockoe Bottom nightlife and safety one week after a Petersburg man was shot and killed.

20 year old Jeremy Uzzle died early Saturday after he was shot in a parking lot next door to the Have A Nice Day Cafe night club. His funeral was held Friday afternoon in Petersburg. So far, no arrests have been made in his murder.

Friday night, Richmond police were out as part of their usual Shockoe Bottom patrol which runs from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

"They're always out here. They do a pretty good job at our lounge. We have high security and there's police officers out there," Aisha Farooque, who co-owns Prestige Lounge.

The lounge is across from the parking lot where Uzzle's life ended following a birthday celebration one week ago at Have A Nice Day. The violence led to a significant change at Farooque's bar.

"We changed it to 21 and up because of what happened just to eliminate the problems going on because of the younger crowd," said Farooque.

Richmond resident, David Kelly, feels comfortable on the strip at night, but says it may be dicey at certain hours.

"If you're out here closing the bars, you really have to be careful, you have to watch yourself and not look for instances to not get in trouble," said Kelly.

Uzzle's murder sparked talk among residents and business owners about city laws regarding night clubs. Councilman Charles Samuels says his colleagues are looking into whether it's appropriate to address the safety issue with an ordinance.

"The police have given us a lot of resources and got a whole city to cover. They put a lot of people down here a lot more than they should have. A night club ordinance would go a long way to making it so less police could be more effective down here," said David Napier with the Shockoe Bottom Neighborhood Association.

As far as the homicide investigation, police say there are no leads in the case and want you to call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 if you can help detectives.  

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