Providence nightclub to remain closed until next licensing board meeting


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Following a shooting inside a Providence nightclub over the weekend, the city’s Board of Licenses decided Monday to keep the club closed for the time being.

In an emergency meeting Saturday, the Board of Licenses voted to close Ultra the Nightclub for three days after a man was shot in the chest near the VIP area and dance floor inside the club earlier that morning.

During a board meeting Monday, the matter was continued until Oct. 10. The club will remain closed until then.

Police said officers found the victim just outside the entrance of the nightclub around 1:30 a.m. Police said the man was shot at least 50 feet past the metal detectors. 

It’s unclear how the suspect was able to sneak the gun inside the establishment.

Board of Licenses Vice Chair Charles Newton tells Eyewitness News they will carefully review the details of the incident, saying their customers’ safety is one of their top concerns.

“We will look at all of those things and try to make effective recommendations in terms of enhancing things concerning the safety of people,” Newton said.

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