GREENSBORO — The man arrested in the fatal shooting at The Blind Tiger early Sunday was employed as a bouncer for the nightclub, police said Monday.
Jason Leonard, 28, has been charged with second-degree murder in the murder of 19-year-old Pedro Alegria, police say.
Greensboro police spokeswoman Josie Cambareri said Leonard was working security that night for the popular concert venue and that Alegria was unarmed at the time of the shooting, which took place. produced at 2:16 a.m.
The shooting left patrons scrambling for cover, according to 911 records.
The club’s general manager, Don “Doc” Beck, did not return a phone call seeking comment.
The club, which Cambareri said is temporarily closed, is under investigation by the city’s safety review board. This is the second investigation this year into The Blind Tiger by the council.
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In April, the city closed the club after two shootings within days of each other.
“Site visits revealed numerous safety and code violations, as well as unauthorized structural changes,” Trey Davis, deputy city manager, wrote in an April email to the city council.
The business was able to reopen once all issues were brought into compliance.
The city council established the Safety Review Board in December 2021 to assess violent incidents in restaurants, clubs and bars.
In a text to News & Record, Davis said the board is also looking at two other clubs that experienced gun-related incidents over the weekend: Secrets Cabaret of Greensboro at 2507 W. Gate City Blvd ., and Arizona Pete’s at 2900 Patterson St. .
Asked about the details of the events at Secrets Cabaret, Cambareri sent a press release stating that Joyeil Glover, 41, of Greensboro died after being shot in the 2500 block of West Gate City Boulevard. Police responded to the shooting at 2:21 a.m. Saturday.
However, the owner of the establishment told the News & Record on Monday that the shots came from a Shell petrol station opposite his business.
“It was a group of people there, about 40 people there, and a big fight broke out,” said the owner, who did not want to be identified. “And all of a sudden all we heard was gunshots everywhere, just everywhere. And people were running across the street towards our establishment. They were running towards the Taco Bell just to try to escape the bullets.
Cambareri late Monday evening confirmed that police responded to 2514 W. Gate City Blvd., the address of the Shell gas station.
She also said no injuries were reported in the incident at Arizona Pete’s, where off-duty police officers were handling security. Five people were arrested after vehicles were shot in the parking lot around 2am on Saturday.
Efforts to reach an Arizona Pete’s manager or owner for comment were unsuccessful on Monday.
Mayor Nancy Vaughan has expressed concern about ‘2 to 6’ clubs – establishments that stay open after 2 a.m. but are not legally allowed to serve alcohol.
“There are a number that have popped up, and we’ve had a lot of concerns expressed about those establishments from 2 to 6,” Vaughan said. “And The Blind Tiger had a 2-6 afterparty.”
And when violence occurs at any of these places, enter the security review board.
“When you have a business that has a history or is developing a history of violence, we have to do something about it and we’re limited in what we can do,” Vaughan said. “I think the security plan does two things: it actually helps a business to be compliant and to become more secure. And if that doesn’t happen, it helps us build a record as a nuisance.
However, councilor Justin Outling said council isn’t really addressing the issue. He suggested the city dedicate resources to advising businesses on how to reduce crime in their area and help them find resources for private security.
“The (blind tiger) incident shows that we need to be proactive in terms of preventing violent crime,” he said. “Citing an organization or business and shutting them down for code violations that have nothing to do with incidents of violence at their business or elsewhere – it gives the symbolism of the action but no substance.”
Contact Kenwyn Caranna at 336-373-7082.