COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A nightclub in Columbus County is shutting down.
Last month, agents with North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement submitted paperwork to close Balls Night Club. The move stems from a shooting that happened at the club in September.
Two men were shot in the head and a woman was also shot after a fight broke out at the facility.
Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten said Thursday authorities have reached an agreement with the owner of the nightclub to officially shut the doors.
"This settlement will stop the problems at this location forever," said Batten. "This case was successful because of efforts by all of our team members, and together we have written the last chapter at a place that has a violent story."
Under the terms of the judgement, the property can never be used as a bar, club, dance hall, pool room, video arcade, game room, adult establishment, or any business that is opened between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
According to Batten, the owner will face three to six months in jail if he violates the order.
"This action is the result of a long-term investigation by the District Attorney's Office, the Columbus County Sheriff's Office, and the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Division," said District Attorney David. "Today's court order will allow citizens in the community to live without fear."
Captain David Nobles said the nightclub has given the sheriff's office a lot of problems over the years. He said there have been several shootings and fights there. Officials with Columbus County Dispatch say they have been called to the club 17 times since January 2010.
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322 Shipyard Boulevard