CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A man was stabbed twice in the abdomen at about 3 a.m. Sunday on the way out of a Capitol Street nightclub, according to Kanawha County Metro 911 dispatchers.
Charleston Mayor Danny Jones said the man was leaving Impulse nightclub when the incident occurred.
Dispatchers said he was taken to CAMC General Hospital, but weren't sure of his condition.
Jones said the incident could be the final straw for Impulse, which has had a history of problems.
"The place is a crime factory. Nothing but trouble comes out of that place," Jones said Sunday. "I made the mistake of believing the people that owned it when they asked to have a special permit in good faith, and they have not acted in good faith."
Jones has threatened to shut down the club at 205 Capitol St. numerous times. However, he said, owner Janet Amores continuously claims the violence doesn't happen inside her club, but on the street. She did not immediately return a phone call Sunday.
Club manager Robby Parsons said Jones is unfairly targeting Impulse. Parsons, 32, who was at the club when the incident occurred, said the stabbing happened at the corner of Quarrier and Capitol streets.
"I talked to the victim. He's a football player at [University of Charleston] and he said nothing even happened on the inside," Parsons said. "How are we supposed to prevent what happens on the street?"
Parsons said on Thursdays, when there's a "more urban crowd," he hires city police to keep watch outside the club.
"We don't think we need it Friday and Saturday, but in any other city, the mayor puts [a] police presence where people drink. But for some reason our mayor leaves it and blames it on the bar owners," Parsons said.
"Violence happens all over downtown. Last time, it was down the block and we were still associated with it."
Jones said police do patrol downtown, but that they can't go into the club and "hang out."
"Some of those people don't even care about the police," Jones said.
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