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Shooting inside the Plastic Nightclub in Albany

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BY TARYN FITSIK

ALBANY, N.Y.--The shooting happened inside the Plastic Nightclub on North Pearl Street early Saturday morning, causing quite a scene outside.

But this isn't the first time violence has happened at the club, which has other neighboring bar and restaurant owners worried about the effect on business.

"There's been a number of calls because of fights, it's been somewhat of a troubled spot," says Detective James Miller of the Albany Police Department.

Shots were fired just after 3:00 a.m. in the back of the Plastic Nightclub. Two men were injured; one shot in the knee, the other in the ankle. So far, no arrests have been made.

"Anytime you fire a shot inside of a crowded bar, you have the potential of hitting an innocent victim," says Miller. "It could be much more serious than it was."

While the violence was just contained to the Plastic Nightclub, other businesses throughout downtown Albany are worried about the negative message it's sending to the public.

"It's hurting our business drastically when stuff happens like that," says Steve Fink, a manager at the Bayou Cafe, right across the street from the Plastic Nighclub.

Fink says he and other downtown business managers work closely with Albany Police to keep the area safe, making violence like Saturday morning's very frustrating.

"Business is down and the economy is slow right now," says Fink. "We have a slower bar business now, and it's going to be harder to draw people down here and to keep our business going."

Fink says he hopes the owner of the Plastic Nightclub makes some changes with how it operates, to prevent future problems.

"We need to be there with the news and the media to help out to tell the public that it is safe to come down here and to have a good time."

Police say the shooting will be referred to the State Liquor Authority, to see if the Plastic Nightclub's permit will be revoked.

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