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Pair Shot At Embattled Luzerne County Nightclub

December 31, 2018
Pair Shot At Embattled Luzerne County Nightclub

HANOVER TWP. — Gunfire again erupted at an embattled Hanover Twp. nightclub early Sunday when two people were shot in the parking lot.

Police say two males suffered gunshot wounds around 4:25 a.m. at Brooklyn’s Sports Bar and Lounge along the Sans Souci Parkway.

The victims, who were not identified, were transported to area hospitals for non-life threatening injuries, Hanover Twp. police said.

The shooting comes just weeks after a state police after-hours raid on the business in which police say they seized guns and drugs from the operators and employees.

A man was shot in the leg outside the business around 5:15 a.m. on Oct. 20.

During the raid last month, members of the state police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement said they infiltrated the business around 3:15 a.m. on Nov. 18 to find the club was selling alcohol at prohibited hours and was permitting the “open use” of illegal drugs.

Bar manager Akiem Rollocks, 31, of Mount Pocono, was openly in possession of and using drugs at the bar, police said.

Security guard Monika Murphy, 28, of Wilkes-Barre, was in possession of drugs as well, authorities said.

Both were charged with possession of a controlled substance while working at a bar and selling alcohol at prohibited hours.

Two bartenders also faced charges for selling alcohol at prohibited hours, police said.

In Pennsylvania, the liquor law states bars must stop serving alcohol at 2 a.m. and clear the premises of patrons by 2:30 a.m.

However, officials say Brooklyn’s possesses a state-issued “extended hours food permit” that allows licensed establishments to stay open for the purpose of serving food between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m. after alcohol sales stop.

Up to 200 people were still at Brooklyn’s when the shooting broke out early Sunday, officials said, but it was unclear if food was being served.

During the November raid, police said they seized a loaded Glock handgun and a loaded 12-gauge shotgun from the bar.

Police said they also seized $1,311 that was the result of illegal alcohol sales and a large amount of alcohol that was being sold during prohibited hours.

The raid was the result of a months-long undercover investigation, police said.

At the time, authorities said there is a pending investigation against the business’ liquor license, which could result in fines, license suspension or the loss of the license.

It’s not immediately clear how the latest shooting will affect the probe into the bar.

The bar was not open Sunday afternoon during a reporter’s visit, despite signs saying it normally is open at noon Sunday until 2 a.m. Monday.

Liquor Control Board records list Tawanna M. Brown as the bar’s manager. Efforts to reach Brown on Sunday were not successful.

Anyone with information about Sunday’s shooting is asked to contact the Hanover Twp. Police Department at 570-825-1254.

Contact the writer:

bkalinowski@citizensvoice.com

570-821-2055, @cvbobkal

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