Todd Strange, mayor of Montgomery, Ala., closed the Centennial Hill Bar and Grill (formerly known as the Rose Supper Club) after two people were fatally shot and six wounded early Saturday morning. The deceased have been identified as rapper Doe B, whose real name is Glenn Thomas, 22, and Kimberle Johnson, 21.
Mayor Strange said the club posed “an imminent threat to public safety.” He also said, “I believe it is not a matter of if, but when the next tragic incident occurs at this business.” The shootings occurred despite the presence of club security and after many repeated warnings from the city.
It is ironic that Doe B sported a signature eye patch, which was the result of another shooting three years ago, WSFA reports. The latest two homicides bring the total for 2013 to 48.
Mayor Todd Strange’s statement on Centennial Hill Bar and Grill closure:
“Effective immediately, the City of Montgomery has taken action to close the Centennial Hill Bar and Grill on Highland Avenue, which operated previously as the Rose Supper Club. We do not take this action lightly, but believe this decision is compelled by clear evidence that continued operation of this establishment poses an imminent threat to the public’s safety. Just this morning a 21-year-old young woman and a 22-year-old young man were shot and killed there, and six other young adults were shot and wounded. The shootings occurred despite the presence of the club’s security and repeated cautions from the City. I have been in consultation with the city’s Legal Department, the Montgomery Police Department, Fire Department, Public Safety Department, City Council members and the ABC Board. At the same time, the Montgomery Police Department’s investigation into this senseless shooting is proceeding, and we have every confidence that the individual or individuals responsible will be identified and apprehended. We are working to bring the perpetrators to justice, but we also must take protective and preventive action. I believe it is not a matter of “if,” but “when” the next tragic incident occurs at this business. That is unacceptable, and that is why we have ordered the business to be closed effective immediately.”