LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) — Cole's Place, a popular nightclub in west Louisville, is shutting down after more than a decade of business in response to another shooting Saturday, Nov. 24.
"Praying for the people in our city...sometimes it's not even worth the fight to hope people can just come out and enjoy their time," the Facebook post announcing the closing said.
Last night, LMPD responded to a call about a possible shooting at Cole's Place. The victim showed up at the University of Louisville hospital at around 1:30 a.m. with non-life threatening injuries.
This comes after shootings injured seven people in March of this year, and eight in 2015. After the shooting in March, Cole's Place released a statement saying they were "committed to providing and maintaining a safe environment," however owner John Cole said it was more difficult than expected.
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Cole said no matter what they did, someone always found a way to disturb people in or around the nightclub. He said he now hopes to work with the community's youth, instead of adults.
"We're not gonna turn our back on the community," Cole said. "I'm gonna keep doing what I do."
The nightclub opened its doors for the last time Sunday night, celebrating its 12 year anniversary before shutting down. Many of the people who attended say Cole's Place will be missed and that John has done so much to help the community.
"We're gonna have a void now and I don't know if anyone can fill the void," Bonnie Cole, John's sister said. "I don't think people realize what he's done for the community as a whole."
Bonnie said her brother did everything he could to try and stop the violence over the years.
"You can't blame a location. You've got to start putting blame in people that are involved," Bonnie said.
She puts the blame on the younger generation in the neighborhood, who she says grew up in an environment of violence.
"It takes a village to raise a child and this village needs to start raising our children," Bonnie said.
John said he already turned in his liquor license. He plans to use the building as a community space, especially focused on the kids in the neighborhood.