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02/07/06 - Nacogdoches

Fatal Shooting Investigation Continues

by Donna McCollum

Leads are being tracked on a fatal shooting that happened over the weekend at an East Texas nightclub. The shooting happened around 3 a.m. Sunday morning at Club La Boom on the southeast loop in Nacogdoches.

Germaine Barnes, 19, died from multiple gunshot wounds to his abdomen. Edward Davis remains in stable, but in guarded condition after being shot in the neck. Anthony Cark is stable, but critical after being shot in the lower abdomen. So far neither man has been able to talk with investigators.

The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Department is hoping evidence collected at the scene will provide some clues. It is believed all the bullet casings have been found. The priority now is finding out who did the shooting and why. Witnesses are encouraged to call in any information to the sheriff's department or Crimestopppers at 560-INFO.

Meanwhile, another investigation into the liability of the club is underway. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Investigator Jeff Taylor has filed on Club La Boom twice this year concerning an ongoing problem. "It's about operating after hours which we filed both administrative and criminal charges against them for that. We get a lot of complaints about underage people being in the club."

Following the fatal shooting of the 19 year old Taylor was quick in getting the club temporarily shut down. Taylor said, "They have to cease operation for 7 days, immediately." The biggest concern is more violence can occur at a night spot so popular that at times patrons threaten the safety of others. "We had an incident where there were a lot of people there where they essentially had pretty much blocked off the east bound traffic on the loop, recalled Taylor.

Taylor looks at his job as an opportunity to protect people. When violence mars that desire frustration sets in. "You try to work so hard and diligently to keep things running without any problems and then these type things happen."

Taylor plans to file criminal charges against Club La Boom within the the week. Club La Boom is owned by a group from the Kilgore-Tyler area. Charges will be filed against each one of the club officers.

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