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I-Team: Pulse shooting may spur changes at Tampa nightclubs

Posted: 2:07 PM, Jul 13, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-14 01:48:18-04
Local leaders are reviewing new safety measures for Tampa nightclubs.
 
Following the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, some are even looking at making metal detectors mandatory.
 
The I-Team is revealing where night club shootings have happened here in Tampa, and that changes could be coming to clubs as a result of the Orlando massacre.
 
Forty-nine people were killed and more than 50 injured in a rage of gunfire at Pulse. It was a scene that keeps Tampa Council member Frank Reddick up at night.
 
"The first thing that came to my mind is could this happen in Ybor City?" Reddick said.
 
While a mass shooting hasn't happened here, Tampa has seen its share of nightclub shootings.
 
Take Club Rayne in February, for example. The incident was streaming live on Marvin Lancaster’s Periscope account.  You can hear the gunshots on the video. Marvin and one other man, Chris Houston, died. Six others were shot. Officers are still investigating.
 
After sifting through records, the I-Team discovered there have been 25 different shootings at Tampa nightclubs since 2014.
 
On the map below, you can see where each incident happened in various parts of the city.
 
If you click on each icon, it will tell you when the shooting happened and the name of the club.
 
 
Council member Harry Cohen is calling for Tampa Police Department to conduct a full safety review to determine if the city, club and bar owners are doing enough to keep venues safe.
 
"If there's anything we can do to honor the memory of the people that tragically perished in Orlando it would be to look at our own business practices and make sure we're doing everything we can reasonably do to reassure people's safety." Cohen said.
 
Council members say that since Orlando police officers have already increased patrols in Ybor City.
 
Reddick believes mandatory metal detectors are worth investigating.
 
"Some might resist it and some might support it, but I think we gotta do what's best for the public interest," Reddick said.
 
We looked online at popular handheld metal detectors and found several cost around $150.
 
"The metal detector issue is an interesting one," Cohen said. "I'm sure it will come up. I don't want to take a position on whether or not I think it’s a good idea until I’ve heard the facts, not just from TPD but the business owners."