Following an ALE investigation, a Greensboro nightclub’s ABC permits have been summarily suspended after a patron was shot and killed.
Early on Sunday, July 31, Greensboro Police Department responded to a shooting at Blind Tiger, located at 1819 Spring Garden Street, where officers found a patron suffering from a gunshot wound. Police contacted ALE who immediately began an investigation.
Special agents determined there was an altercation, which started inside the licensed establishment and continued outside in the parking lot before an armed security employee shot one of the patrons. The ALE investigation revealed the security employee was not licensed through the North Carolina Private Protective Services Board.
“Working with local law enforcement agencies to address violence at ABC permitted businesses are a priority for ALE special agents.,” said Bryan House, Director of NC Alcohol Law Enforcement. “We hope the action taken in this case will prevent similar actions from occurring at this location in the future.”
As a result of the incident, ALE special agents submitted the results of the investigation to the ABC Commission which resulted in the suspension of Blind Tiger’s ABC permits.
The owner, Bradford McCauley, 47, of Winston-Salem, was charged with failing to superintend and hiring unlicensed armed security. The manager, Donald Beck Jr., 55, of Greensboro, was charged with allowing violations to occur on the ABC-licensed premises and hiring unlicensed armed security. The two security employees, Jason Leonard, 28, and Anthony Delaney, 28, of Greensboro, were both charged with providing unlicensed armed security and allowing violations to occur on the ABC-licensed premises.
The shooting is still under investigation with the Greensboro Police Department.