A safe end to Shockoe Bottom Shutdown - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side

A safe end to Shockoe Bottom Shutdown

By Evrod Cassimy - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A collective effort by Richmond police and club owners led to a relatively peaceful night in Shockoe Bottom Saturday.

Hundreds of people were expected to attend the Shockoe Bottom Shutdown, an after-party for the Virginia Standup Concert held at the Siegel Center.

After several recent shootings and with more people than usual expected out and about, authorities took all precautions necessary.

A Richmond police mobile command vehicle, and 50 officers were stationed in the heart of the Bottom Saturday night.

Lucas Tuthill, General Manager of the nightclub Vision looked forward to the event.

"We're going to have a great time," he said. "We have a big event. It's for a great cause."

The Shockoe Bottom Shutdown was organized by three clubs: Vision, Posh and Have a Nice Day Café.

All three enlisted extra security and Richmond police have been stepping up their presence ever since the deadly shooting just three weeks ago in the Have a Nice Day Café parking lot.

"There's random acts of violence that happen all across the city," said Have a Nice Day Café General Manager Reggie Brown. "It's known as a city that sometimes has violent crime waves and things of that nature. The biggest thing is that we've taken every precaution and every measure we can."

Despite his own run-ins with violence in the past, entertainer Chris Brown had words of advice for those headed out after his concert Saturday night.

"We don't always have to end in violence or shooting," he said.

People we spoke with, however, had mixed responses when it came to safety concerns.

"I'm going home and I'm staying home," said Bottom resident Heather Hinspater.

"I'm kind of confident. If something's already happened, I don't think it's going to happen again here tonight," said Posh club patron Janelle Ballard.

Club managers believe that the recent shootings were not random and insist there's no reason to be concerned.

As of Sunday morning, no reports of violent crime were issued by police.

Copyright 2010 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.

  • Latest news from NBC12.comNEWSMore>>

  • The Latest: HHS secretary wants to reunite families quickly

    The Latest: HHS secretary wants to reunite families quickly

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 12:01 PM EDT2018-06-20 16:01:56 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 7:43 AM EDT2018-06-23 11:43:38 GMT
    (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File). FILE - In this Wednesday, June 13, 2018 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly session of PMQs at parliament in London. The British government is facing anoth...(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File). FILE - In this Wednesday, June 13, 2018 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly session of PMQs at parliament in London. The British government is facing anoth...
    British Prime Minister Theresa May says the United States is wrong to separate migrant children from their parents, but has rejected calls to cancel President Donald Trump's visit to Britain next month.More >>
    British Prime Minister Theresa May says the United States is wrong to separate migrant children from their parents, but has rejected calls to cancel President Donald Trump's visit to Britain next month.More >>
  • FIRST ALERT FORECAST: Few strong storms possible again Saturday

    FIRST ALERT FORECAST:

    Saturday, June 23 2018 7:27 AM EDT2018-06-23 11:27:46 GMT

    Get the latest forecast from the NBC12 First Alert Weather team.

    More >>

    Get the latest forecast from the NBC12 First Alert Weather team.

    More >>
  • AP Explains: Where do kids split from parents go?

    AP Explains: Where do kids split from parents go?

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 2:44 PM EDT2018-06-20 18:44:14 GMT
    Saturday, June 23 2018 4:43 AM EDT2018-06-23 08:43:23 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File). FILE - In this June 18, 2014, file photo, two young girls watch a World Cup soccer match on a television from their holding area where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed a...(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File). FILE - In this June 18, 2014, file photo, two young girls watch a World Cup soccer match on a television from their holding area where hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed a...
    The government hasn't worked out a streamlined way to reunite kids and parents separated at the border under the new zero-tolerance policy requiring all immigrants who cross the border illegally to be prosecuted.More >>
    The government hasn't worked out a streamlined way to reunite kids and parents separated at the border under the new zero-tolerance policy requiring all immigrants who cross the border illegally to be prosecuted.More >>
Powered by Frankly