Richland Sheriff takes action on law-breaking “strip club” business
A Richland County deputy was patrolling Decker Boulevard in the early morning hours of Saturday when he heard shots ring out. The officer followed the sound to a bar on the strip known as Richland County’s International Corridor. The bar is well known to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
The deputy found a man shot multiple times in the lower body in the parking lot of Mi Casita Night Club at 2205 Decker Blvd, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
In 2017 and 2018, Mi Casita was one of the targets of an effort by sheriff’s department to shut down what they alleged were illegally operating strip clubs. Sheriff Leon Lott said the clubs attracted crime and violence.
This isn’t the first time violence erupted outside Mi Casita. In Oct. 2017, police allege that a woman ran over a man following an argument at the bar.
The sheriff’s department was able to put a stop work order on Mi Casita in May 2018. The club was closed for some time but reopened later in the year.
Investigators are still gathering information on the recent alleged shooting, RCSD spokeperson Maria Yturra said.
The victim was transported to Prisma Health Richland Hospital, formerly known as Palmetto Health Richland Hospital.