Whiskey Park North shooting investigation continues

7:42 PM, Jan 21, 2013   |    comments
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Carrollwood, FL -- A shooting over the weekend is raising questions about a Bay Area club.

Whiskey Park North, located at 11921 N. Dale Mabry Blvd. in Carrollwood, has been the scene of two shootings now in just the past six months.

The Sheriff's office says the owners of Whiskey Park are being helpful, but law enforcement has become increasingly familiar with this address for all the wrong reasons.

Records show the number of 911 calls to this address in the past year number in the dozens.

Neighbors, like Eugene Ballard, say they've had enough.

As Ballard was taking video of the mayhem outside Carrollwood's Whiskey Park North early Sunday morning, he knew it was the second shooting in just the past six months.

"I think they need to shut this club down, because if they don't it's gonna keep happening," said Ballard.

Ballard's opinion might be supported by a list of 911 calls that 10 News has obtained from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office.

It shows, in just the past year, 16 assault and battery calls, 17 disturbances, eight records of criminal mischief, six burglaries of a vehicle, four fights, and another shooting in July that left a 23-year-old man dead.

And there might have been even more trouble had it not been for the sheriff's office committing 50 deputies to the same address at different time throughout the year.

According to the same dispatch list, 50 CRD Officers were called upon to specifically cruise past Whiskey Park at various times throughout the past year. Sometimes one deputy, sometimes several, they say. Why?

"Making sure that we're there before any possible trouble can take place," said sheriff's office spokesperson Samara Sodos.

With so many calls, including the two shootings within just a few months of each other, the sheriff's office says it's prepared to take "drastic" measures.

"Our commanders plan to meet with managers of Whiskey North and talk about taking pro-active measures to curb some of this violence in the future," said Sodos.

In the meantime, as they still search for whoever fired at least 20 rounds in the club parking lot at around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, detectives say the two photos they've released of a suspect vehicle and the crowd in front of the bar are helping investigators.

"They've been interviewing the victims in this case, more witnesses, and we're hoping that these two pictures continue to generate more leads for us," said Sodos.

"I just know I was in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Yakim Williams, 27, who was grazed by bullets Sunday morning.

Williams said he's not sure what they can do at Whiskey Park North that will make a difference.

Neighbors say they've got to do something.

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