Police, Community Concerned With Crime Near Nightclub

By Rachel Slavik, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — For the second straight night, there was violence outside a Minneapolis nightclub.

Police say a woman stabbed another woman, while they were fighting outside Karma on First Avenue.

Officials say the women knew each other prior to the fight. One woman was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

The other woman was arrested near the scene of the incident.

A shooting also occurred outside of Karma Saturday morning.

Jamaal Brown, 23, was shot in the chest and taken to HCMC with critical injuries. No arrests have been made but police don’t believe the shooting was random.

Police say despite these incidents, the Warehouse District has actually seen a 7-percent drop in violent crime over the last year.

Still, there are plenty concerns regarding the safety around the club.

In the daylight, all is calm at Karma Nightclub. But when the sun goes down, it can be a much different scene.

“There’s a bit of a safety issue where you feel uncomfortable walking down the street,” said Rebekah Mogck, a bartender at The Ugly Mug in Minneapolis.

For the last five years, Mogck has bartended just down the street from Karma and has had a front-row seat to the late-night problems.

“There’s usually some weekly issue of somewhere (by the club), not as bad, nothing that violent,” said Mogck.

Police arrested a woman Sunday morning after a fight led to a stabbing. Detectives are also looking for person who shot a man the day before.

“It’s weird to hear it that close, but not the first gunshots I’ve heard down here,” said Mogck.

V.J. Smith, of Minnesota Mad Dads, a group promoting non-violence, said the combination of factors in these situations can be dangerous.

“When you mix an angry person with alcohol and drugs, you don’t know when it’s going to explode,” he said.

Over the last year, there have been more than 100 police calls to Karma. The nature of each call wasn’t available.

This weekend’s violence happened despite a police presence.  Permanent cameras are mounted just a block away, and police even stationed their portable camera across the street.

“When you walk down the street you always see cop cars parked on the street. They block off First most nights,” said Mogck.

Still, it might not be enough.

“Maybe there’s some things we could do, maybe there’s some stuff we can do that can help,” Smith said.

Smith said he wonders if the club’s owner is ready for a change in the club’s reputation.

“He’s gotta figure out if he wants the club to stay open or does he want to change clientele,” said Mogck.

Police are now considering working with other city departments, like licensing, to deal with the ongoing issues at Karma.

Contact was made to the owner and management, but neither returned calls.

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  1. insignificant says:

    so…these women carry knives to nightclubs ?…wow…how about sit home and have a drink,instead,eh?

    1. Robin Matthews says:

      Amen ! I would rather do that then go out and have a near life episode heller !!

    2. victim du jour says:

      Maybe she listens to Kanye West talking too much music.

    3. DavAye says:

      or sit home with their kids…

      1. Victim Du Jour says:

        The Dad can stay home with the kids too, what’s wrong with that?

    4. corrun says:

      Plastic butter knives. Close the buffet in that nighclub down.

  2. concerned says:

    For real, why can’t these people just get along or ignore one another. I guess their parents taught them hate and violence. Oh well, I hope that nasty girl rots in jail. Maybe she can get the cell next to her momma.

  3. fred says:

    maybe they should change the name of the karma nightclub to karma payback.

  4. Cindy says:

    Exactly Bob! Shut it down or move it to the hood, oh wait, Minneapolis IS de hood.

  5. Victim Du Jour says:

    Notice how the media enables and plays down a violent “hate crime”

    I guess gays are the only victims of crime.

    1. Michael B says:

      Where does the article state that the violence was perpetrated BECAUSE of someone’s personal differences? Although violence involves hate, to qualify something as a “hate crime”, it needs to be violence solely out of dislike for a group of people in general. Not because of an argument.

      But if you want to downplay hate crimes, it’s most likely because you haven’t been the victim of one. What are you so angry about, Victim Du Snore?

  6. jas says:

    Do you really believe the 7% drop in crime stat?

    1. Victim Du Jour says:

      7% less of a chance of getting stabbed? 7% less from what?

      I think there are more places in Minnesota where you have a 0% chance of getting stabbed.

      7% chance of being a victim of a crime in a place like Detroit isn’t very much.

      1. successNOT says:

        It doesnt matter if it was in minneapolis or hinckley, when the people know each other the area it happens in has nothing to do with it, The only Victim du jour, is your father, your a joke

      2. Michael B says:

        Way to read the article. 7% overall decreased crime rate.

        So sorry you didn’t get your sheltered, private school, money’s worth.

  7. rom says:

    I have no idea,,,everytime go have fun at the club,,fight,,,why don’t you fight at your home, work or restaurant…or go somewhere or in your bathroom too, just want be show off at the club,,,i am plan open the club and too many fight like this the city will shut me down..you know what forget it…business don’t last long anyway,,it is only good on Thursday, Friday, saturday, sunday…Party at your home,,,soon later no clube gone survice here,,,they are all will shut down…and by the way..don’t use knive…use gun or shot gun better if you want become hero…punches of idiot…

    1. DP says:

      Where did you learn how to spell and put grammar together? WOW!!!!!!!

    2. Guy says:

      Instead of “go have fun at the club”; how about go back to school
      and learn how to use English.

    3. Prince William says:

      In Russia, message board posts on you!

    4. Sniper says:

      The thing is one word. RESPECT. These people do not respect themselves, each other and certainly not someone elses property. They are animals and should be treated as such. Animal goes wild, they are put down. Now let’s do this with these vermin and we can actually have a nice state to live in again.

  8. tyron jackson says:

    They should close Karma down alredy….when is the violence gonna stop…

    1. Ven says:

      Then they get with your wife, daughter, and sister…horrible

  9. Tyron Jackson says:

    yeah…are they all the same owner as epic!…isn’t that place were that asian guy jump of the bridge being chase by cop, how many fights and death is it gonna take to shut down this place, or is the cops covering up for these clubs….cause i swear every monday morning when i go watch people file a report of the clubs, all the cops does is abuse the patron filing the reports…

    1. anna says:

      I have never been to Karma but that night club plays the type of music I like. I am sad that I should have to second guess going out to have a good time! I work to hard all week and weekend!

  10. JamieinMN says:

    Just let them brawl, kill each other, and move on! I don’t care to live my life along losers like these.

  11. Barabas says:

    Dont play the “White Mans Game” (getting an education and a job and having morals) is the slogan most used in the Ghetto

    1. tom says:

      what is the truth hurting, they don’t live by that slogan, theirs is where is my check if it doesn’t come on the 1st.

  12. NOT SURPRISED says:

    WELL HOW YALL KNOW THEY BLACK? I MEAN YEA MOST LIKELY THEY ARE BUT WHITE PEOPLE CAN BE JUST AS GHETTO!!! FOR THAT “KNEE GROW” (NEGRO) WORD LETS NOT DO THAT IT ISNT A GOOD LOOK TOM!!!! I MEAN DAMN ITS 2011 LETS GET THE COLOR OUT THE WAY. ASIANS AND WHITES AND EVERY OTHER RACE CAN BE JUST AS GHETTO AND IGNORANT BUT HEY THE FIGHTS AND SHOOTINGS AND STABBING HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS WHATS NEW???
    SAME THING DIFFERENT YEAR .**YAWN**

    1. Prince William says:

      Good point — A LOT of white folks show up in Karma’s Flickr stream…

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/33408125@N05/?donelayout=1

  13. Miffed says:

    I think I missed in the article where it said the victim and her attacker were both black?? I’ve never been to Karma so I don’t know what the corwd is like but how bout’ we stop assuming race and color simply because a violent crime happened in the Warehouse district.

    1. VeryMature says:

      Well said!

  14. abdirahman says:

    No race.. it was a night club has it has nothing to do with race or religion… what were they doing 3 oclock at the bar …..forget about who they were ..assume they were 2 useless women who committed a crime for just being in a club while they could have done something else…I think that is easy enough..to be understood

  15. VeryMature says:

    No I was there front row and center one woman was angry that her boyfriend was attempting to “holler” at the woman and instead of slapping her man she choose to attack the innocent woman and the she was the idiot that ended up stabbed. The other one was my friend she is a banker at Wells Fargo and only went ot to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Where does welfare, black, and useless women come into play here ?? Some of you are IGNORANT!!

  16. Murph says:

    The city,any city,is not the place to be these days.There are much quieter,less hectic places to enjoy going out.Where people do not argue or get violent and abusive.Once you move out of those Hell holes.The easy pace and calm surroundings get to be pretty addcting as well.BUT>>>>> when visiting people back in the metro.You will find that you have lost your taste for and reaction time to fast driving and all the aggrevations that with it.Out in the country,if we drove that fast.We’d get a deer or a jogging senior citizen thru the grill work or windshield! Believe me,the taxes are lower and the serenity is addicting!

  17. Just the facts says:

    Why does it not surprise me that comments made by “some” are ignorant?? Just like the “ghetto black girls fighting” the “hillbilly-inbred white people” make a fool of themselves as well by posting this garbage!!

    1. Jason says:

      Way to point out your distaste for name calling by calling names. Classy. Also I find that many that use the word ignorant may in fact be that themselves.

  18. Ven to Vlad says:

    Bravo! Stop with the MNice and be authentic, finally!

  19. JamieinMN says:

    That seriously made my LOL. You hit the nail right on the head.

  20. Rick Prohaska says:

    3 cheers for diversity

  21. Mr. Johnson says:

    POLICE ARE DOING TOO EASY FOR BAD PEOPLE, I MEAN PUNISH THEM SO LIGHT THATS WHY THEY ARE NOT AFRAID OF PUNISHMENT. I WANT THE PUNISH OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER TO BE DEATH PENALTY. I DON’T CARE IF IT WAS MY SON, IF YOU KILLED A INNOCENT PEOPLE YOU DESERT TO BE CARRY OUT AS DEATH. YOU LOVE THEM BUT THEY NEVER LOVING YOU.

    1. Woodrow says:

      stop yelling

  22. OnceUgoBlack says:

    Close it down and the problems will move to the next club, Why should the owners suffer by losing their bussiness because some people don’t know how to act??? If they are doing everything in their power to stop the problems then leave them alone and get the trouble makers that are starting the problems! It does not matter the race because all race’s have there share of “BAD SEEDS” so get off the hole black thing because you sound just as stupid as the idoits starting all the problems.
    Also let me make something real clear for you small minded rednecks…. There is more whites on Welfare then any other race so next time do your research before you make a fool of yourself. Do you look as stupid as you sound????

    1. Tyrone says:

      I believe you meant “There are more whities………..”

      You’ll never go back!

  23. Bryce says:

    Save me a nickel…………

  24. What GoesAround says:

    The owners could give two shi*’s about the violence taking place in their clubs. If they truly cared about their patrons safety, why haven’t they implemented new procedures or processes to make Karma better. The owners haven’t come out once to discuss their ongoing issues and what they plan to do. I say shut it down!!!

  25. What GoesAround says:

    BTW. Police said violent crime at the club is up 30-percent from a year ago.
    Hello!! SHUT IT DOWN. There are some of us who actually want to go downtown and have a good time without having to worry about stray bullets.

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