Northland residents have long complained about criminal activity at the Shark Bar & Grille, 2467 E. Dublin-Granville Road, which lost its liquor license in March largely because of complaints and a high number of police calls to the location.

Northland residents have long complained about criminal activity at the Shark Bar & Grille, 2467 E. Dublin-Granville Road, which lost its liquor license in March largely because of complaints and a high number of police calls to the location.

But following a deadly shootout in the bar's parking lot early Sunday morning, neighborhood leaders are calling for the city and the property owner to deal with problems at the bar.

"In my mind, this is the final straw," said Northland Community Council President Dave Paul. "We really feel this is the time to get this taken care of."

A fight broke out in the bar's parking lot shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday, police said. Gunfire followed, leaving Curtis L. Ward, 24, dead and two others wounded.

The bar has operated as a club with a bring-your-own-beer policy since being denied the renewal of its liquor license in March, Paul said. It is alleged that the bar provides a gathering spot for local gang members, Paul said.

Paul said Monday that the NCC, along with the Northland Area Business Association, had contacted the city attorney's office with concerns about the location.

Assistant City Attorney Natalia Harris said the city has been investigating the bar to see if a nuisance abatement should be sought to deal with reports of violence and illegal activities at the bar.

"We're in the process of doing that with this particular business, and we were in the process of doing that before this situation occurred," Harris said.

As part of the investigation, Harris said her office will look at investigate all concerns that have been raised about the bar.

She said she is unsure of how long the investigation will take, but if sufficient evidence is gathered against the business, the city attorney's office will file a complaint with the environmental court.

How those complaints are dealt with would be determined by a judge, Harris said.

The Shark Bar location has caused concern in the Northland area for years.

Formerly the Obvious nightclub, a man was shot and killed inside the bar in March of 2005. Another shooting occurred at the location in January 2007.

In asking that the bar's liquor license not be renewed last year, the city cited concerns over the high number of police calls to the location, the past shootings and suspected gang activity at the bar.

Paul said there had been fewer complaints surrounding the bar in recent months, but concerns remained.

"It's really never come off our radar. It's been ongoing," Paul said.

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