Safari DC Restaurant and Lounge, the site of a fatal shooting on Feb 24.
Police Chief Asks City to Revoke Liquor License from Safari DC Restaurant
Washington D.C. police chief Peter Newsham has harshly criticized the employees and management of Safari DC Restaurant and Lounge in the days following a fatal bar shooting that left one dead and one wounded.
Newsham wrote a letter to the director of the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, claiming that the business failed to hire extra security for the special event happening on the night of the shooting, did not have working security cameras, and that the manager was intoxicated while speaking with officers after the shooting.
He went on to directly blame the bar for failing to prevent the shooting, writing that “the violent, criminal act that resulted in the homicide can be connected directly to the operations of this establishment.
A large fight started at the restaurant at around 1:25 a.m on February 24 and the venue’s DJ was allegedly assaulted. However, management did not call 911 about this assault. Gunfire broke out a few minutes later, and 30-year-old David Elijah Brandon was shot and killed. Another person was also injured.
D.C. police say that the business has been issued an emergency order for closure.