Killing spurs Victorville police to shut down club

VICTORVILLE – A nightclub that was the site of a fatal shooting Saturday night was shut down Monday by San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials.

Delvon Lamonte Williams, 26, of Fontana was killed after being struck by gunfire at Karma Nightlife Club. The shooting is another in a growing list of problems there.

“In the last four years, deputies … have responded to hundreds of calls,” said San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Karen Hunt, “including shootings, stabbings, driving under the influence and officer assaults at the location.”

One call resulted in a full SWAT team disbursement, she said.

On Monday, Karma Nightlife owner Ron Mathers was notified that its business license was revoked. Mathers has said in the past he stood ready to close the club due to fighting and other dangerous incidents.

Law enforcement sent documentation of the growing list of “continual and unacceptable consumption of sheriff’s manpower” to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Hunt said. The department has not yet decided if Karma’s liquor license will be revoked, according to a statement released by the sheriff’s department.

Closing the club was necessary “to prevent further gang-related or other criminal conduct in order to protect the public,” Hunt said.

Categories: California, San Bernardino

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