Shooting at Waterbury strip club has local business owners fed up

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH)–It’s been open just a year, but police say they already have the grounds to shut down Pandora’s Cabaret.

The 29 shots fired at the strip club on Saturday weren’t the first shots ever fired there. There have been fights, and an armed robbery, and police and neighboring businesses have had enough.

Police are looking for 32-year old Javier Vasquez, one of the men they believed fired most of the 29 shots outside of Pandora’s Cabaret around 4 a.m. Saturday.

Police also believe there are at least two more shooters.

“If you watch the video of the incident, [there are]shots flying every which way, and it’s amazing only three people were hit with minor injuries,” said deputy chief Chris Corbett.

Police said a fight broke out, possibly over a woman. They pushed the fight outside along with 150 people who were in the club, and that’s when things got violent and chaotic.

Neighboring business managers who didn’t want to show their face have had enough.

Police say Pandora’s recently lost its liquor license and is now operating under a different set of rules. This means closing time is much later, and patrons bring their own liquor.

“We lose oversight,” said one local businessman.

“We are going to pursue through the state’s attorney’s office the nuisance abatement and quality of life act,” the man said. “There have been a series of incidents at that club.”

Some are saying the owner’s plan was to attract a higher end clientele.

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News 8 made several attempts to get in touch with the owner on Monday. He has not called back.

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