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Shooting over night at Decker Blvd bar. It’s not the first time violence broke out

Richland Sheriff takes action on law-breaking “strip club” business

Richland County Sheriff's Department prepares to pit stop work order on Mi Casita's, a restaurant on Decker Blvd. that has been operating as a strip club against zoning rules.
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Richland County Sheriff's Department prepares to pit stop work order on Mi Casita's, a restaurant on Decker Blvd. that has been operating as a strip club against zoning rules.

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.

The Black Pearl club on Broad River road has been issued a Stop Work order and has been shut down

David Travis Bland won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. As The State’s crime, police and public safety reporter, he strives to inform communities about crimes that affect them and give deeper insight into victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.

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