Daycare considers move after nearby shooting

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A weekend mass shooting in Montgomery may force a nearby business to move. The shooting happened early Sunday at the Island Lounge on East South Boulevard. One person was killed and 10 others were hurt in the shootings. Now a daycare nearby may be forced to move.

Hester Hendon is the owner of Kade's Daycare Center right next door to where eleven people where shot - one fatally.

"I know the parents would not want their kids in that kind of environment," Hendon said.

And that's why she's ready to close up shop here and relocate to another area.

"I have had parents complain about being between two clubs," Hendon said.

Hendon says she heard about the shooting Sunday morning. Since then, she's worried about its impact on an already struggling daycare business.

"It's not going to grow when things keep happening around the area," Hendon said.

The daycare owner says the business has been open five years and burglarized five times. She says after this shooting, she can't take any more chances.

"Since that time I have lost a lot of business," Hendon said.

Her numbers have dropped, too... From 40 to 22 kids. And now five parents and caretakers have threatened to remove their kids because of this recent shooting.

"I mean I just don't know. It makes me real nervous," Montgomery resident Carolyn Harris said.

Harris who fears for the safety of her two year old granddaughter.

"With the shootings being this know kids could be on the outside and anything could break out," Harris said.

Hendon says she's looking for another building on Troy Highway. She hopes to be in a new location within the next two months.

"I just wish our young people would just think. I feel sorry for the family and this violence needs to stop," Hendon said.

As for as we know, a suspect is in custody but no charges have been filed yet.

WSFA 12 news requested an on-camera interview with Police Chief Kevin Murphy and he declined saying there is no new information to release.

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