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Business owner against planned protest following Club Cream shooting

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Columbus residents are saying violence and area night clubs seem to go hand and hand and the problem is only getting worse.

In the most recent incident, a Columbus police officer was shot while breaking up a party at Club Cream on 10th Avenue.

News Leader 9's Brittany Dionne spoke exclusively with a local activist who says his group was prepared to take action against the club but a sudden twist of events stopped them in their tracks.

It's been two months since city officials yanked Majestic Sports Bar's Liquor license due to repeated violations and violence in and around the establishment.

Now another south Columbus club is on the radar.

A weekend shooting at Club Cream on 10th Avenue left 3 people shot, including a Columbus Police officer.

The club manager Sacorey McKelvey, 21, and 38-year-old Bolivar Glenn  were arrested and charged.

Reverend Willie Phillips and the Stop the Violence group were prepared to march against the establishment, until Thursday morning when owner 78-year-old Allan Woodall contacted him.

"He came, we sat on the porch," said Rev. Phillips. "He explained to me that he'd taken care of the problem so I cancelled the march."

Phillips says Woodall told him he leased the space out and was unaware the violations were going on.

According to the Columbus Police Department, there were 27 aggravated assaults, one murder, and a slew of other crimes committed around the club in 2012.

Woodall told Phillips he'd submitted paperwork to the city to begin the process of evicting the tenet and closing the club.

We spoke with the Mayor's offices who say no paperwork has been formally filed with the city; however, they have received paperwork that states the landlord is in private proceedings with the tenet.

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