RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A Shockoe Bottom club some say is at the root of violence in the area got some more bad news. NBC12 has learned Virginia ABC is investigating Have a Nice Day Cafe after a man was shot and killed in the parking lot outside the club this weekend.
The investigation stems from that homicide. ABC doesn't comment on ongoing inquiries but told us it is trying to determine whether or not administrative charges against the club's liquor license are necessary.
There's no word yet on when or if that will even happen.
Tuesday night, we spoke with the club's general manager Jesse Nicholson, just steps from where 20-year-old Justin Morgan was gunned down.
"We take every precaution that we can to make sure that we follow all the laws that ABC has in place," he said of the investigation. "We mark the over 21 and the under 21 on nights when we do allow 18 and up to come in."
Friday was one of those nights.
Nicholson said there were no major issues inside the club that night, and the only person security had to kick out was someone trying to drink underage. In fact, he's not sure the victim and suspect were even there.
Still, it is his club taking most of the blame. Management finds that ironic in this case.
"We pay for off duty officers to be outside and one of our officers was actually the one who made the arrest," Nicholson explained.
The arrest of Kerod Richardson was made in minutes while club goers gathered, as they often do, in the parking lot and other spots, which stay open past 2 a.m.
"All these places don't provide the security that we do," Nicholson maintained. "They don't pay for cops to be outside. If they did, we probably wouldn't be talking about this."
Have a Nice Day has one pending charge for allegedly serving someone underage in late August. We asked Nicholson if the club is considering getting rid of the 18 and up nights. He said they'll talk with the neighborhood association about that matter.