Select Lounge to re-open Friday; club's attorney releases statement
Select Lounge, the site of two fatal shootings Sunday morning, will re-open Friday, manager Alex Wolde said.
The club has been closed since Sunday.
On Sunday morning, the club was the site of multiple shootings that left two men, a 33-year-old police officer, William H. Torbit Jr., and 22-year-old Sean Gamble, dead, and four others wounded.
Police have confirmed that no civilian weapons were fired that day, and that five police officers shot a total of 41 rounds at what they described as a chaotic scene.
Wolde said he was inside the club when the shootings happened, but that, at this time, he couldn't address any other questions unrelated to the club's business.
He said the club has been closed since Sunday out of respect for the victims of the shooting. The club, which opened in late October, has a seven-day liquor license, records show.
Earlier today, the club's attorneys, the Gardner Law Group, released a statement:
"Because this case involves an active ongoing investigation, any comment on the specific facts would be inappropriate at this time. Until more information becomes available, it is our hope that no conclusion will be drawn or judgment made about Select Lounge, especially since the incident took place outside of Select Lounge. In the meantime, we solemnly join the grief that has descended on Baltimore as we attempt to understand what happened and why."
Select will re-open Friday at 5 p.m. for business as usual. Wolde said there are no vigils or commemorative events planned, though the club is considering donating the weekend's earnings to the victims' families.
The club will also open Saturday and Sunday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
In light of this latest tragedy, city officials have called for renewed discussion about security at city nightlife spots.
Before, the Velvet Rope, Suite Ultralounge, and Club Choices were among the other nightlife venues that had been linked to violent incidents.
The shooting at Select lounge also followed increased violence downtown. In December, a man and a woman were shot near The Block, on the 400 block of Water Street, within days of two other shootings in the area.
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