Gunfire, Fighting At Bar Create Problems With Neighbors
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - There's a major effort to close an after-hours bar in Nashville.
Neighbors said gunfire and drunken behavior disrupt the area on the weekends.
Families with children live next door to the club on Nolensville Road in South Nashville.
Debbie Wheeler lives across the street from the club. Trouble at the club led to gunfire and a bullet landed inside her bedroom.
The retired police dispatcher said this wasn't the only one.
"The last two weekends has been nothing but gunshots," she said, referring to the parking lot at Las Casa Blanca.
She said there are frequently "large, after-hours parties" at the South Nashville business.
She said the early morning parties led to drunken fights, drug dealing and gunfire.
When a bullet blasted into her bedroom, she was asleep on the couch.
She said if she were in her bed she "probably would have had the shock of my life, I guess."
Metro Councilwoman Anna Page said noise use to be the biggest problem in the district she represents.
"And then it became noise and fighting. Then it becomes noise and fighting and now we've escalated into shooting," she said.
Metro police records show officers have been called out to the club 35 times since June. Police have investigated shootings, thefts and fights.
Two families are now moving out of the neighborhood.
"We just want to get the club shut down because it's gone too far. Gunfire right out here. It's gone too far," said Sandra Mitchell.
Others neighbors such as Wheeler vow to stay and fight the problem, even though she feels like a prisoner in her own home.
"I am so afraid that I am going to be shot in my own house while I am trying to sleep that I can't sleep," she said.
"I will stay up the entire evening."
A group of neighbors have formed. Members are taking their concerns to the police department. They want something done about this problem immediately. The owners of La Casa Blanca were not available to comment for this story.