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.

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