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Nightclub Shooting Raises Questions About DC Liquor Licensing

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP)— Authorities are taking a closer look at the District’s liquor laws after a Northeast facility licensed as a banquet hall was the backdrop of a quintuple shooting over the weekend.

DC Soundstage, located on Benning Road, advertises ladies nights, Monday night football game screenings and live entertainment. Its website features photos of a floor complete with dining and billiards tables, a food menu and “house drinks.”

A separate investigation is now focused on the venue itself, and how it may have used the services of a catering company to avoid rules and regulations that licensed bars are subject to. Police are also looking into whether there are other locations in the city operating under banquet hall licenses but functioning more like bars or clubs.

All five of the people injured in the early Saturday morning shooting are expected to survive. Police have not arrested any suspects.

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