Officials shut down Greenville club after weekend shooting


MERIWETHER COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - Officials in Meriwether County have shut down the Hill Haven Event Center, also known as Club "CJ," after close to a dozen residents were wounded during a shoot-out this weekend.

Police said the shooting was a dispute over an illegal gambling game of dice.

"This was a wake-up call for us and we want to address it going forward where we can be sure to provide a great safe community for our citizens," said Interim County Manager Theron Gay.

Gay said the business license for the Hill Haven Event Center has been revoked, and there will be no other activities at the location unless the put in a new application and meet the new criteria.

The board of commissioners also voted to adopt a moratorium for all new business licenses for a 60 day period.

This applies to applications for places like event centers and will allow city officials to review the application to make sure the business is legitimate.

After the 60 day period the board will again review the application and then decide to allow or deny the license.

"We want good legitimate businesses in the county, but we want to make sure the business they propose is really what's going to be taking place," Gay said.

Businesses that are already properly licensed will not be affected by the board's decision.

Meriwether County Sheriff, Chuck Smith, said his team is still trying to identify at least two suspects involved in this shooting.

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