D.C.'s liquor board has suspended the alcohol license of a Dupont Circle restaurant that was the scene of violent fight Sunday night that ended with one man fatally shot and five wounded.
D.C.’s Alcohol Beverage Control Board ruled Thursday that Heritage India, in the 1300 block of Connecticut Ave. NW, will have its license suspended because it poses an “imminent danger to the health and safety of the public.”
The business has the right to appeal the ruling.
No surveillance video of incident
The board states that the business couldn’t recover any surveillance footage from Sunday’s fatal incident, even though there are security cameras at the restaurant.
Also, the establishment didn’t follow security procedures because it didn’t have metal detectors or radios with ear pieces for its staff.
The board also said that it violated its own security plan by using a promoter to count patrons instead of security guards.
Heritage India is also being blamed for a June 18 incident where about a dozen patrons assaulted four customers at Café Citron.
34-year-old killed in fight
Sunday’s incident claimed the life of Jhonte Coleman, 34, of Suitland.
A fight began inside the restaurant and club, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said, before spilling out onto the sidewalk. Three men were shot and three men were stabbed. One of the people stabbed was found inside the bar, Lanier said.
All of the people involved reside in Maryland, she said. Coleman was a nurse trainee who was celebrating a friend’s birthday.