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Tommy Wells: Shut Down Ibiza and Fur

Update: Wells now says the clubs should be permitted to stay open if they clean up their act.

In the aftermath of Monday's early-morning drive-by shooting that left 13 people injured, Ward 6 Councilmember and mayoral candidate Tommy Wells has proposed a radical idea: shut down Ibiza and Fur nightclubs.

The clubs sit only a couple of blocks away from Tyler House, the North Capitol Street NW apartments where the shootings took place. Shortly after the clubs closed at 2 a.m. Monday morning, a group of people had gathered in front of the apartments to socialize when two vehicles pulled up and unleashed a hail of gunfire on the crowd. One victim, shot in the lower back, was seriously injured. The senseless attack has left neighborhood residents deeply shaken—and at least one councilmember imbued with purpose.

"Releasing 2,000 to 3,000 to 4,000 people between the two clubs at night really does have a major impact on an area that's no longer industrial," says Wells, according to a report from WTOP. WJLA reports that Wells has said, "People gather over here after the clubs close. I'm definitely going to do my best to remove the nightclubs."

That idea hasn't gone over well. The councilmember has been assailed on Twitter for missing his target and unfairly blaming businesses that cater to a black clientele.

The Washington Times' Andrea Noble points out that Fur nightclub has already been sold and is expected to close in 2014 or 2015 anyway.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post's Tim Craig reports that a spokesman for Mayor Vince Gray says Wells is grandstanding. Wells has not responded to Washington City Paper's request for comment.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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  1. #1

    Seriously Tommy Wells? I like you and all, even considering donating or helping you run from Mayor. But shutting down a club that has an overwhelming majority of peaceable residents and guests from all over the world is a ridiculous idea.

  2. #2

    Really!!....more grandstanding from a fraud. How stupid are you (Wells) to try to connect the shooting to the clubs. Maybe we should shut the Verizon center when it spills its crowds into the street.....Metro is overwhelmed, all the H street business are to small to handle the large crowds (safety hazard for fire and trampling)....This CM is such dunce...but he is playing to a particular audience that does want to move black people out.

  3. #3

    SO THE SEEMINGLY ALWAYS DRUNK WHITE COUNCIL MEMBER WANTS TO SHUT DOWN TWO NIGHT CLUBS THAT CATER TO YOUNG BLACK AND BROWN FOLK THAT DIDN'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH IDIOTS SPRAYING TYLER HOUSE WALK?

    IS IT SO HE CAN STEER HIS H ST BUTTBOY TO MAKE A MOVE ON SAID FACILITIES OR OVER PROMOTE THAT WACKOKERY OF THE H ST NE NIGHTLIFE?

    COULD IT ALSO BE THAT HE DOESNT HAVE A CLUE WHY THIS HAPPENED AND BY DIRECTING/DISTRACTION FOLK ATTENTION TO A SHINY OBJECT INSTEAD OF POSSIBLY ACCEPTING THAT THE KNUCKLEHEADS WILL MORE THAN LIKELY NEVER BE FOUND?

    THIS DOESN'T LOOK GOOD FOR HIS MAYORAL AMBITIONS.
    HE WAS SO BUSY STEERING MONEY TO THAT H ST CLOWN THAT SHOULD HAVE WENT TO OLD SCHOOL STORE FRONTS THAT HE WASN'T PAYING ATTENTION TO ONE OF THE MOST VIOLENT AND SOCIAL OBSOLESCENCE AREAS OF HIS WARD.

    TOMMY WELLS IS A JOKE THAT NO ONE IS LAUGHING AT!

  4. #4

    Lord help me...I'm agreeing with Moten! Tommy look man, turn the page on the ole "Fenty" playbook for current elected officials that are looking to broaden their appeal beyond thier ward. Running to every crises where there is a camera is not going to get you more black votes.

    @Noodlez, you know you have a point. Maybe the real intention of Tommy "nobody puts baby in the corner" Wells is to make it easier for his "H" street friends to expand to NOMA, which is right down the street.

  5. #5

    Close a club that attracts young black people? I don't see how that could possibly make the neighborhood safer. Young black people rarely commit crimes. I can't imagine them shooting guns at each other or doing a drive by. Leave that to those thuggish white kids. White kids commit almost all of the murders in DC. I see them going to bars where security has to frisk everyone on the way in because those white kids carry guns. Most of the young black kids in DC are just regular college students trying to prepare for jobs. They come from nice families and wouldn't dream of breaking the law.

  6. #6

    So black club goers are shooting local black residents and both Noodlez the Gray fellatio artist and Ron the erection moten think that pushing a night club out --a night club where numerous incidents of black on black violence occur, is somehow not taking care of black residents and reducing "diversity".

    Try protecting people instead of protecting criminals, dillweeds.

    Damned if you do, damned if you don't. Might as well end the complaining by tearing down the housing and closing the clubs.

  7. #7

    I live in NoMa five blocks away from Ibiza. I can assure you that there are more people on H St when bars close than near Ibiza. It’s sad that with all of his social services experience closing specific nightclubs is his best solution.

  8. #8

    well, if someone disses you, then you start shooting -this also applies if you want someone's shoes, or if you misplace your bracelet - down with gentrification - we want our ghetto back

  9. #9

    How about fighting poverty in the area? How about helping the homeless that sleep under the train bridges? Ever notice the prostitution on K St?

    All these things occur in a three block radius of Ibiza. But closing the clubs is the solution. Or maybe his neglect of this area is just catching up with him.

  10. #10

    Yeah mike like when someone dissed those folks over had DC9 whose insurance I'm sure covered a broken window.

    Yeah those who were dissed ran down a guy and savagely beat him to death.

    Will no jail time.

  11. #11

    @noodlez, really, ya'll are right on the money. Let me add that majority of the bars on H. ST NE are owned by same few people. They won't tell that!

  12. #12

    I do believe there was a shooting on H Street and what bar is he proposing to close?

  13. #13

    I don't get how people on here are making it completely racial when talking about closing a niteclub. How many times has it happened already? Clubs close and re-open under different name and owner all the time. Who cares if they close down ibiza and fur...bout time. For every two people who go to club just to have fun, there's two more that had too much to drink and cause problems come let out. I've been to both numerous times so I have seen it with my own eyes. Now am I saying the shootings are directly related to clubs...no, but you can't say it had nothing to do with it either. Stop making it racial like the only people who are at ibiza or fur are black..def not the case. They'll close them down and build two more somewhere else to take their place...just how it goes.

  14. #14

    the shooting on H was at XII - guess what the clientele is

  15. #15

    @noodlez

    THE SEEMINGLY ALWAYS DRUNK WHITE COUNCIL MEMBER
    that is so unfair noodlez, I have heard many folks say that Wells sometimes appears to be sober or at least less drunk.
    Wouldn't it just be nicer to say sometimes but not often white council member appears less drunk. Also, as I have read here before sometimes Wells appears drunk when he has not been drinking, it is simply a residue of the night before.

  16. #16

    @mike, You are incorrect. The last shooting on H Street happened in front of Little Miss Whiskey's. Its a great place but can YOU guess the clientele? Hint: It's not the Fur crowd.

  17. #17

    @NAMELESS-WHO SAID THE SHOOTERS WERE CLUB GOERS?
    DIDN'T KNOW IBEZA AND FUR WERE ON PAR WITH DC9 AND CLUB U?
    IF YOU LOOK AT TOMMYBOY'S WARD THE MONEY FLOW AND DEVELOPMENT STOPS AT 1ST ST NE!

    LOOKY HERE CHUMP THAT IS MY HOOD. NORTH CAP AND NY AVE CONTINUES TO BE A DRUG HAVEN. EVERYONE KNOWS THIS. EVEN THE POLICE! I'M THINKING FOLK ARE FUNNELLED THERE BUNNY COLVIN FROM THE WIRE STYLE TO CONTAIN THE MADNESS!!

    IBEZA AND FUR ARE FULL OF YOUNG FOLK FROM DC, MD AND VA OF ALL RACES AND BACKGROUNDS THEY ARE NOT JUST YOUNG BLACK FOLK FROM AROUND THE WAY. HOWEVA THE DELIRIUM TREMENS PROSPECT WOULD HAVE YA'LL BELIEVE THAT IT'S SOME BLACK CLUB IN THE HOOD THAT SHOULD BE SHUTTERED BECAUSE OF ENDLESS VIOLENCE.

    YO NAME GET THE DICK OUT YA ASS LONG ENUF TO MAKE A COHERENT COMMENT!

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