Crime & Courts

Sheriff: Officers to crack down on area nightclubs

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Monday his department plans to crack down on certain nightclubs in the wake of a weekend fatal shooting at a sports bar.

“I’m fed up with these clubs making money on the blood of our people,” Lott said during a press conference, noting there have been 13 homicides at area clubs in recent years.

Jerome Hallman, 32, was shot to death about 2:50 a.m. Saturday outside F&L’s Lounge on Two Notch Road, near the sheriff’s department, authorities said. Two other people were shot, though their injuries were not life-threatening.

No arrests were made as of Monday, deputies said.

Lott said his deputies too often are responding to weekend calls of fights, shootings, underage drinking and other problems at certain clubs. He didn’t list the clubs but noted most of them are located in certain areas, including Two Notch, Broad River and Percival roads.

Besides stepping up patrols at those clubs, Lott said he might ask the solicitor to seek court orders to shut down clubs that refuse to correct problems.

He also noted his department recently was given authority by the State Law Enforcement Division to enforce alcohol inspection violations at clubs.

-- Rick Brundrett,