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Raleigh nightclub's ABC permits suspended following fatal shooting

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Michael "Tank" Tolbert was shot and killed outside Flashbacks Sports Bar & Lounge on Jan. 19. Michael "Tank" Tolbert was shot and killed outside Flashbacks Sports Bar & Lounge on Jan. 19.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

The North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission suspended the ABC permits held by a Raleigh nightclub where a man was shot and killed Jan. 19.

The ABC Commission ordered the suspension of permits Friday held by Flashbacks Sports Bar & Lounge after 22-year-old Michael "Tank" Tavon Tolbert suffered a gunshot wound to his left calf on Jan. 19.

Tolbert later died as a result of his injuries.

The commission said that in addition to the Jan. 19 incident -- during which 15 Raleigh Police officers responded to the Capital Boulevard nightclub -- police have received 148 calls for activity at or near the business since Jan. 1, 2013. The commission said the calls include reports of disorderly conduct, assaults, fights, shots fired and various property crimes.

"The business has held ABC permits since October 2011 and has been the reported scene of gunshots, drug violations and numerous fights since that time," the commission said Friday.

On average, four Raleigh Police officers respond to calls at Flashbacks, which is higher than normally needed for calls, the commission said.

Police say Tolbert, 22, was shot around 4 a.m. on Jan. 19 as he and a group of people attempted to enter Flashbacks.

Raleigh Police Lt. Brian Limber said employees, including Richard David Ryder, sprayed the group with pepper spray, at which point gunfire was exchanged between Tolbert, Ryder and possibly one other employee.

Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said no arrests have been made and the investigation is on-going.

People who work and live nearby the club said they were pleased the license was suspended.

"I don't think it's a safe place, you know, especially for the people who live around this area," Ramon Rivera said.  "There's a lot of hispanic community, and there's a lot of kids and I don't think they need to grow in that environment."

"I mean, why get a liquor license if the cops are always there?" Quentin Cockerham said.

On Sunday, WNCN was not able to reach to the owner of Flashbacks.

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