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Sylvester police look to shut down club after shooting

The Sylvester Police Department is trying to fight violence in their town, violence they believe starts at Club Celebrity. (Source: WALB) The Sylvester Police Department is trying to fight violence in their town, violence they believe starts at Club Celebrity. (Source: WALB)
After a raid at the club last week, they are now looking to get the club's license revoked. (Source: WALB) After a raid at the club last week, they are now looking to get the club's license revoked. (Source: WALB)
"It was very cool in there, you know it was alright. It wasn't a bad environment in there, not for me," said Johnny Jackson of Sylvester. (Source: WALB) "It was very cool in there, you know it was alright. It wasn't a bad environment in there, not for me," said Johnny Jackson of Sylvester. (Source: WALB)
Police Chief Robert Jennings said it was a meeting place for gangs. (Source: WALB) Police Chief Robert Jennings said it was a meeting place for gangs. (Source: WALB)
SYLVESTER, GA (WALB) -

The Sylvester Police Department is trying to fight violence in their town, violence they believe starts at Club Celebrity. 

After a raid at the club last week, they are now looking to get the club's license revoked. 

In a small town like Sylvester, some people say club celebrity was one of few places to hangout.

"It was very cool in there, you know it was alright. It wasn't a bad environment in there, not for me," said Johnny Jackson of Sylvester.

But it was also attracting people from surrounding towns.  

"That is mostly what is in there. Out of towners," said Jackson.

Sylvester Police have had their eye on the club for a long time now. They were called to the club on June 21st after a shooting

Police Chief Robert Jennings said it was a meeting place for gangs. He says the 16-year old shooting suspect is a member of an Albany gang.  

"We have our share of problems in Sylvester, but we don't have many violent people in Sylvester. Usually when we have acts of violence it's from someone from elsewhere," said Jennings.

Police heard a big party would be held at the club July 4th.

"So we wanted to shut it down before July 4th to prevent that," said Jennings.

That's when the Police Department did something they had been planning for some time. They raided the club on July 1st. 

The owner, Roscoe Byrd, 44, was arrested and charged with four counts of selling alcohol without a license, one count of disorderly house, and two counts of allowing the use of his premises for alcohol and drug sales. He was later charged with possession of marijuana and narcotics.

He has been released bond. 

Sylvester Police went in front of the city council earlier this week, asking council members to revoke the club's license. 

"We want a community people are going to come to and live in and when you have gangs and stuff like that going on, people aren't going to want to come to Sylvester to live," said Jennings.

Now the future of the club is in the hands of the council members. 

The commission will have their next meeting on July 18th.

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