At the old airport, Ramada Inn beer bottles litter the parking lot. Early Sunday morning, police were already on scene at the Wheel Up Tavern inside the hotel when a fight broke out followed by shots fired. Police are now saying enough is enough.
“We can’t tolerate the gunshots, someone’s gonna get hurt, someone’s gonna get killed. And we had that one in Jan and now this one here. It’s time to bring this stuff to an end,” said Chief VanBrederode with the Gates Police Department.
It’s the third time this happened this year. In January a third party promotion at the diplomat party house in Gates ended in a massive brawl and gunfire. One month later a similar incident happened at Shramrocks bar in Henrietta.
“Both the fire marshall and the Monroe County Health Department have sent notices to the business owner regarding the incident, there’s a sign on the door now closing the establishment,” said VanBrederode.
“We still waiting to hear back from the liquor authority. We want to get that emergency injunction to suspend the license so that he can’t open up anymore,” said Chief VanBrederode.
The hotel and bar owner says that he notified police before the incident and that he is not at fault for the violent outcome.
“We don’t know what happened, but we did everything every precaution, everything professionally…. security was there. People were here but this thing unfortunately happened,” said Naeem Butt, owner of the Wheels Up Tavern.
The owner says safety is his top priority and he will work with police for future events.
“We always work with the town with the police, I’m a law-abiding citizen anyway. We had adequate security everything was just fine but you know anything can happen.”
Gates police have sent out a statement advising business owners to be cautious when dealing with third Party Promoters and to maintain a safe premise at all times.