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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The city of Albany is taking steps to shut down an East side business where a man was gunned down Sunday morning.

The shooting is the latest violent crime at the Brick House Recording Studio on Schilling Avenue. It's the fifth shooting reported there since October 2008.

Right across the street is where 20-year-old LaShelton Stanford was shot to death around 5:30 Sunday morning. While Police continue to look for the people who shot him, the city commissioner for this district says this business is a nuisance, and he believes it should be shut down.

Investigators say LaShelton Stanford was one of dozens of people inside Brick House Productions when a fight broke out and spilled out into the parking lot. Stanford was shot several times in what Police called a hail of gunfire.

Four men were questioned today but charges were not filed.

City Commissioner Jon Howard says it's time for this business to be shut down. "We've had numerous cases of violations from this same establishment," Howard said.

In July 2008 Code Enforcement recommended revoking the business license of owner Molly Loving, after Brick House Productions was busted three times for illegally selling liquor. It was never shut down by Commissioners.

Since then, there have been four other shootings at the Schilling Avenue business.

Now we have learned the Police Chief, Code Enforcement, the city attorney, and the D. A. are all studying this business history, to once again recommend it be shut down as a public nuisance.

 "It's an eyesore and need to take some actions to make sure these kind of environments are not popping up in our neighborhoods," Howard said.

Code Enforcement says they believe guns, liquor, and drugs in Brick House Productions after hours during previous raids. Neighbors we tried to talk to today said they were scared to talk about Brick House.

 "These things spread from the club over into the neighborhood. A lot of them probably could have friends or relatives visit the establishment. So I can understand they are concerned."

Howard pointed out that there have been four murders within a one mile radius of this part of East Albany in the last four months, and said it was time to take action. Police would not say if Stanford had a gun himself when he was shot.

An autopsy was scheduled for Stanford's body today in Macon. I talked with Brick House Productions owner Molly Loving and her lawyer Jim Finklestein today, both declined comment.

If city leaders call for Brick House Productions to be shut down, the soonest a public hearing could be scheduled would be March.

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