Neighbors who live near suburban bar feel safer with closing

Neighbors who live near suburban bar feel safer with closing

MAPLE HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - A bar that was the scene of a deadly shooting last Saturday and was known as a crime magnet is now closed thanks to quick action by prosecutors, who got a restraining order.

A beef inside the H2O Ultralounge turned into a shooting outside, with 26 shell casings found and four cars hit by bullets. Also found was a bleeding 21-year-old Jacques McDuffey who died a short time later.

The deadly shot turned out to be the hit that broke the camel's back. There are homes close enough to be hit by stray bullets.

A neighbor said she heard gunshots that night.

"Just made me nervous," she said. "I'm glad it's over."

Prosecutors say the bar was also the site of fights, gunshots, drug sales, open containers and more. In just the past 12 months, there have been 65 calls for police.

One of the complaints of neighbors had to do with loud music at all times of the day and night. That might seem like a minor complaint, but it wasn't minor to the folks next door at Ambiance or the folks over at GNC on the other side.

The noise caused their office to vibrate so much that it knocked product off the shelves.

"It supplied our music through the walls, but I mean it's okay that it's turned off for the time being I guess," said a store manager.

Stores in this plaza had to remain closed for several hours the next morning in the aftermath of the shooting, and that cost them money.  We asked
what kind of crowd the H2O drew, the manager shrugged. He said it all with no words.

There is a sad commentary that lawlessness brings.

At home after home, lights on and no one coming to the door. At others, driveways full of cars and no one coming to the door.

Hopefully Maple Heights Police can use the prosecutors temporary restraining order to instill some permanent peace.

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