Police announced they are reviewing the licence of Midlands superclub the Custard Factory this week after four revellers were shot and wounded during an Urban Music Gathering party at the prestigious arts centre.
Press reports described how shots were fired inside the party around 1am, followed by more gunfire 20 minutes later when a gang of 30 men stormed past security firing two more shots into the packed crowd.
'It was blind panic after the first shots were fired just total mayhem,” TV presenter/ model Taye Armani told the Daily Mail, “'As we were trying to get out we saw a man lying on the ground with blood pouring out of his stomach and people trying to help him,” she added (Daily Mail: http://tinyurl.com/33j4owv )
Wolverhampton news portal the Wolf said the venue ‘could have their licensing suspended or be banned from selling alcohol’ depending on the results of the investigation by Birmingham Central Police (The Wolf: http://www.thewolf.co.uk/news?id=20113
The incident came days before aclaimed electro/ techno party organisers Stupid Underground were due to host the official launch party of the entire Custard Factory complex ironically dubbed the ‘We told you we’re not closing’ party.
“This party is a celebration of exciting things to come at the nation’s new and improved clubbing destination,” Stupid Underground declared in their accompanying press release.
“Residents of the whole complex are also celebrating at this evening as this event signals the unveiling of a multi million pound office and retail quarter within the Custard Factory grounds.”
The incident occurred just over two months after a gunman fired a Mac-10 machine gun into a crowd of revellers attending an urban music warehouse party in West London for music portal Grime Daily, wounding three.
Speaking about the latest shooting, Detective Inspector Tom Chisholm told the BBC they’ve launched a "major inquiry" and appealed for witnesses to come forward.
"All gun crime is treated seriously,” he added, “And we want to reassure the local community that we have a team of officers working on this incident and increased patrols in the area."
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