Club Entourage still
looks like it did a year ago in Selma except there is no crime tape outside.
The shootings started outside the front door, not inside.
"We have a
constitutional right to start over," said owner Clyde Richardson.
Richardson's argument to the city to reopen.
"We will have
security cameras in place and record every foot that moves inside and
outside," Richardson promised.
Last June two suspects
stood at the doorway and opened fire. The suspects had initially been thrown
out. A club security guard returned fire, killing one suspect and injuring the
"Patrons got out of
order, security did their job," said Richardson.
The city ended up
revoking the club's business license after police were called more than 70
times during a two and a half year period before last summer's shootings. Mayor
George Evans said at the time he was fed up.
"I am disappointed
in it and I don't like it," Evans said the morning after the incident.
Clyde Richardson feels
he's been unfairly convicted by the city but that aside he feels he's paid his
debt to society and deserves another chance.
Richardson is not alone.
Ray Martin runs a barber shop across the street.
"It could happen
anywhere including a barber shop. If it happens on the sidewalk out front it
that a reflection on me?" said Martin.
Richardson tells WSFA 12
News the city inspected his business more than a week ago but doesn't know
whether he passed. Today, the mayor was said to be in meetings all day. Selma
Police Chief William Riley declined to offer any thoughts either way calling
the matter a 'city council issue.' The city attorney was unavailable for a
"Patience is a
virtue. I have more time than money," said Richardson.
Clyde Richardson is
still counting down to what he hopes will be a reopening of Club Entourage. The
one-year shutdown, he says, has cost him '6 figures and counting.'