Neighbors want east Nashville hookah bar shut down

A man escorted out of the bar is shot and killed by security guards in exchange of gunfire (WZTV).

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In broad daylight the neighborhood of East Nashville is peaceful, quiet, and pleasant.

But neighbors tell FOX17 News when night rolls around it’s a different story.

"Late night noise, on the weekend sometimes during the week, a lot of noise, this is the second or third time I heard gunshots fired,” says Johney Watson.

“It's kind of weird to say it, because it feels a little bit normal now, like ‘oh ok, it's Cloud nine and there's something going on,” says Mathew Timmons.

Watson and Timmons are talking about the Gallatin Pike hookah bar, Cloud IX, where last night Metro Police responded to a shooting.

Security guards reportedly opened fire on 30-year-old Jason McClain of Nashville, killing him.

"It woke me up sometime after 12:00 a.m. as soon as I heard it, I got down on the floor, looked out my window, saw two people standing out here, and waited for police to arrive and went back to sleep,” says Watson.

Investigators are now trying to figure out if the guards, who claim McClain had a gun, acted in self-defense.

All these neighbors know is, they are sick of all the violence associated with the business.

Back in May, 27-year-old Nigel Phil was shot and killed in the back parking lot.

“There's plenty of bars here open late where that's not happening, I think if they can't clean it up they probably should lose their business license,” says Timmons.

"I think there's 2 to 3 incidents that happened this year alone, this place has only been open less than a year yet more than one gun violence incident has happened here,” says Watson.

Neighbors say they're considering starting a petition to get Cloud IX closed, and plan to reach out to landlords and city council members on how to move forward with it.

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