Shockoe Bottom business owner upset over being blamed for shooting

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — David Napier, owner of the Old City Bar and president of the Shockoe Bottom Neighborhood Association, voiced frustration and anger on Sunday after finding a stray bullet went through his window stemming from a triple shooting early Sunday morning.

Napier blamed area clubs in Shockoe Bottom for the violence. Push and Image are a block away.

“They get them drunk over serve ‘em, throw them out in the street and then it’s not their fault when they shoot each other in the parking lot,” Napier said Sunday.

On Monday, Image owner Dominique Carson responded and said his business has been open and trouble free since last year.

“We haven’t had an incident here since we opened,” said Dominque Carson, owner of Image. “Everybody that comes in the door is young professionals.”

Employees at Plush told us they had no incidents Saturday night ahead of the shooting. Carson says they also had no trouble with patrons and is upset his business is being blamed.

“Trouble can follow you anywhere, but to say it’s because of the nightlife or targeting a certain group of people is unprofessional,” said Carson. “It hurts their business, it hurts our business.”

Meanwhile Richmond’s mayor says all of Shockoe Bottom should feel secure. He also says there’s no need to blame specific businesses for what happened.

“There’s no reason to put blame on anyone. I think the individuals who actually got into the dispute, they are the reason this happened. The club did not do that,” said Stoney.

Carson says he will reach out to Napier so all the businesses in the area can unite in trying to prevent violence in Shockoe Bottom.

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