Second incident at New Haven Lounge
More bad luck for the New Haven Lounge.
After City Councilman Kenneth N. Harris Sr. was killed there in a robbery in 2008, the popular jazz club has been linked to another criminal incident.
Ellison McCall Jr., a part-time bartender there, may have been killed in a Saturday morning fire by some men he ejected from the club the night before.
Little is known about the incident, but a friend of McCall described the situation to The Sun and police sources said it was consistent with an investigation into the man's killing.
It's an unfortunate death for McCall's family. And also a shame for what's widely described as one of the city's best jazz bars, which keeps getting unintentionally linked to neighborhood crime.
Owner Keith Covington was most recently in the news after he testified at the trial of Councilman Harris' killers.
Crime reporter Justin Fenton couldn't reach Covington for comment on the bartender's death, and I haven't any luck either. It's possible he wants the club to avoid being associated with another death.
It's unclear if the club will schedule a vigil for the bartender, but will keep you posted.