• 10 people injured in bar shooting

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    MERIWETHER COUNTY, Ga. - Investigators have shut down a nightclub after a mass shooting.
     
    The violence hurt 10 people inside CJ’s Sports Bar and Grill in Meriwether County early Sunday.
     
    Since our first report on Channel 2 Action News at 4, Channel 2's Berndt Petersen learned the county revoked the club's permit.
     
    The county administrator said if owners open the doors it's illegal and the sheriff will come down on them.
     
    It's a very old building that locals say has been a bar for decades, but things recently changed.
     
    "Somebody new has taken over,” neighbor Charles Green said. “Ever since then it has been more crowded.  You very seldom had anybody down there before then."
     
    "I could see this coming,” sheriff Chuck Smith said. “I could see it happening."
     
    Smith says the Hill Haven Event Center, once known as Club CJ, has seen more than its share of trouble.
     
    "There have been fights, incidents where people were seriously injured by stabbings, there has been damage to vehicles in the parking lot, and reports of shots fired," Smith said.
     
    According to Smith, there was gambling around a pool table that led to an argument.
    The sheriff says the place is currently used to host parties with another coming up this weekend.
     
     The county issued a permit to allow it but the sheriff says enough is enough.
     
    "I have recommended to our county officials that they close this establishment," Smith said.
     
    Some neighbors think that would be very popular with most of the folks who live nearby.
     
    The sheriff says all 10 shooting victims were treated and released from area hospitals.
     
    Meantime, the search is on for two trigger men.



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