Report: 400 Soundbar owner tells city he won't reopen club


Following a weekend shooting that injured nine people, 400 Soundbar owner Johann Sfaellos is telling city officials that he doesn't plan on reopening the Minneapolis nightclub, the Star Tribune reports.

Minneapolis' director of business licensing, Grant Wilson, tells the newspaper that he thinks Sfaellos will "decide in the next day or two" whether to withdraw the liquor license. If he tries to reopen the club, Wilson says, Sfaellos would probably face "some kind of suspension or revocation action" regarding the license, the paper reports.

According to The Journal, the city released a list of license violations for the 400 Soundbar. Among them were advertising adult entertainment, failure to use a metal detector and having security personnel walk off the job.

The Journal says Minneapolis City Council Member Jacob Frey (Ward 3) noted how he had a meeting with the club's management over security concerns.

According to the publication, Frey said, "If you're running a clean shop, complying with the regulatory framework and running a safe operation, I'll be your biggest cheerleader. If not, the city is going to come down on you."

MPR News says the city also detailed Monday some of the violent incidents since the 400 Soundbar opened in 2012. According to the documents, two people have been stabbed at the club, and two officers have reported being assaulted while breaking up fights. In a addition, a 400 Soundbar bouncer was shot and seriously wounded outside the club.

No arrests in Saturday morning shooting

Although no new information was released by police Monday, a police report indicated investigators have more than 50 witnesses to the shooting and have collected the weapons used.

Among those injured in the early Saturday morning shooting was new Viking Linval Joseph. The 25-year-old defensive tackle suffered a minor injury when he was hit in the calf by a stray bullet as an “innocent bystander,” the team said in a statement. At least two people in the suffered serious injuries, but are expected to survive, KSTP reports.

Police described the early Saturday morning shooting as an isolated, gang-related incident, the Star Tribune says.

The Pioneer Press says police believe there was only one shooter and are in the process of interviewing witnesses. No arrests have been made.

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