Phoenix strip club VLive ordered to change owners after shootings
PHOENIX — A trio of shootings last year has led to a shutdown order for Phoenix strip club VLive on Thursday.
The order from the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control came after the shootings, which occurred on June 20, Sept. 11 and Sept. 27, resulting in one death and multiple injuries.
The department previously suspended the strip club’s liquor license on Oct. 2 in relation to the shootings, prohibiting the club, located near the intersection of University Drive and 40th Street, from selling alcohol at all, according to a department press release.
The order states that VLive, which is currently owned by DE Entertainment, LLC, must be sold to new owners by May 1 in addition to paying a $30,000 fine. If they do not sell the club by then, the department will revoke its liquor license.
Michael Rosenberger, who serves as the department’s chief of investigations, said in the release that all businesses that hold liquor licenses must ensure the safety of patrons or risk suffering repercussions for their actions.
“Arizona law requires licensees to operate a liquor licensed establishment that is safe for all persons who come or go from its premises, and that acts of violence will be vigorously investigated and dealt with,” Rosenberger said in the press release.