Raleigh will investigate Club Bodi in wake of fatal shooting

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comJune 3, 2014 

— City Council members voted Tuesday to authorize an investigation of a popular, private club in downtown Raleigh where two shootings have occurred over the past year, including the fatal shooting of a 26-year-old man early Sunday.

Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin made the request to look into possible violations at Club Bodi.

City Attorney Thomas McCormick will look into the operation and history of the club, an “upscale and private” nightspot that stays open until 6 a.m., according to a city news release Tuesday.

“It’s a situation that requires a serious look as to whether this is a business that we ought to have in that area,” McCormick said.

City officials stopped short of saying the investigation’s findings could lead to the nightspot’s closing. But the news release indicated that authorities would “file any appropriate legal action.”

Club Bodi, a white-washed brick building with its name printed in elegant purple script, sits at the edge of the warehouse district, just behind the Contemporary Arts Museum.

An “entry code” just above the building’s entrance informs its members and guests that it adheres to “appropriate dress and behavior.”

Despite that, Bodi has been plagued by criminal issues in recent years: shootings, assaults, drug violations and larcenies, according to police records.

At 3:15 a.m. Sunday, police found Vernon Oneal Jones Jr. shot multiple times in the parking lot of West Hargett and South West streets, said Jim Sughrue, a Raleigh police spokesman.

Emergency workers transported Jones, 26, of 1051 Gregory Circle in Lillington, to WakeMed, where he died of his injuries, Sughrue said.

Detectives focused their investigation on a disturbance that occurred inside the club, Sughrue reported. Police had not made an arrest in the case by Tuesday evening.

Last August, two men were shot while sitting in a car outside the club. Police said the shootings came after an altercation between a patron and security guard that started in the club and moved outside to the parking lot.

Michael A. Cadet, 29, of Raleigh, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and discharging a weapon into an occupied building causing serious injury, court records show. He is scheduled to appear in court June 9 to answer to the charges.

Before Sunday’s shooting, the club had not had any major incidents this year. Police reported one drug violation, six larcenies, one motor vehicle break-in, three assaults and one unconfirmed report of a person with a gun.

In 2013, police reported three shootings, three reports of shots fired in the area, one case of fraud, one motor vehicle break-in, two assaults, six drug violations and one fight.

Police responded in 2012 to one stabbing, 15 drug violations, 18 assaults, four reports of concealed weapons, seven cases of larceny, one armed robbery and two fights.

In 2011, police reported 21 assaults, two reports of concealed weapons, two incidents of damage to property, seven drug violations, two disturbances and three reports of larceny from motor vehicles.

Wake County property records show that the building that houses Club Bodi is owned by Raleigh attorney David M. Duke. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.

Calls to the nightclub Tuesday were unanswered.

Staff writer Colin Campbell contributed to this report.

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