Kansas City, MO – 9ine Ultra Lounge Violence Ends In Business Closing
KANSAS CITY, MO (August 30, 2020) — Four people were shot in the parking lot of 9ine Ultra Lounge in East Kansas City, Missouri, shortly after 2 am. This is only the latest in a string of violence reported around the club.
While the investigation is still ongoing, Police believe the altercation started with a disagreement inside 9ine Ultra Lounge and spilled over into the parking lot as the club closed. According to city ordinances, businesses must “immediately prevent or suppress any violent quarrel or disorder, brawl, fight or any other act or conduct prohibited or declared to be unlawful.” However, merely kicking the fighting parties off-premise does not absolve a business of all responsibility.
The 9ine Ultra Lounge has seen this type of violence before. On January 19, 2020, a gunman opened fire in the line waiting outside 9ine Ultra Lounge, where 15 victims were injured, and 25-year-old Raeven Parks was shot and killed. According to witnesses, an unnamed security guard fired warning shots to try to stop a fight, then exchanged gunfire with the suspect, Jahron Swift, killing him.
Kansas City Police are checking into area surveillance cameras for the most recent incident. 9ine Ultra Lounge owner, Alphonso Hodge, claims to have checked his footage and states that it was clear the incident did not happen immediately outside the club, but across the parking lot outside his camera’s view. This despite his claims of implementing upgraded security inside and outside the club with a high-quality video and “no-blind spots.”
The property owner has been granted a temporary restraining order preventing the club from reopening because 9ine Ultra Lounge “presents a danger to the public.” This order is set to expire on Friday, September 25, but it has been reported that Hodge is planning to permanently close the location by the end of September. While it is no consolation to the victims of violence, the permanent closing of the 9ine Ultra Lounge will come as a relief to the local community and businesses.
Currently, both shooting cases involving the 9ine Ultra Lounge remain under investigation. Peterson & Associates represents victims of both shootings and is seeking justice on their behalf. If you have any information that may be helpful, please contact us at (816) 298-8708.
Peterson & Associates would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Raeven Parks and all the victims of the 9ine Ultra Lounge violence.