District Attorney Voices Concerns About Local Club

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala has new concerns about a local club where a shooting took place two weekends ago.

On Tuesday, Zappala and Pittsburgh City Solicitor Dan Regan went to Club Zen in Station Square in anticipation of a meeting tomorrow with the owners.

Club Zen made headlines when Shaka McGhie was shot while celebrating his 21st birthday in October.

Since then, investigators have questions about the club’s operations. It closes at 3 a.m. under a liquor license for clubs and catering clubs and must be organized as a club or a fraternal club.

“They made representations to liquor control and enforcement which they’re going to have to prove to us,” Zappala said.

“And if they did misrepresent their type of business or their type of clientele and it’s not really fraternal organizations or persons who would be the subject of the catering business, then we’ll contest their license,” he added.

Zappala also said he has concerns about how the club pays its drink tax obligation.

“We’re working closely with the district attorney to try to get the operator of this particular club to take steps to abate the issues that are occurring here,” Regan said.


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  • Dean

    It’s a drug club Steve…..are you blind? Go after them for the drink tax and close the muther down

    • Jackie

      I’ve never seen drugs there, and I guarantee you I’ve been there more than you have.

    • kim

      what about all the drugs on Carson

  • Stush

    I’m concerned that every story today has raised concerns………who writes this stuff?

  • Paul

    I’m concerned that a once nice facility has permitted a gang banger club into it, and look at the end results. What is the city coming too?

    • Harley

      The people that run the club are former ballers and gang bangers with criminal records, so they think a fight here and there is normal. The people fighting and tearing the club up are probably their kids or friends children.

  • Harley

    The club goers are not home trained by their parents, so they don’t know how to act in public because the ignorant parents never took them anywhere. I was just up at Applebees in regent square and the waitress and couple were talking very loud like they were on the street corner. I politely said ‘excuse me could you please tone it down’. Some people have no class and don’t know when to shut the f**** up in public.

  • kim

    I’m concerned because the same things happens on the Southside on Carson, and none of those clubs are closed……

    • Harley

      It’s politics Kim, as long as they are killing each other in a certain area the educated people with money won’t have to worry about them coming into their neighborhood. Why do you think they are closing Reizenstein middle school and Peobody High and busing them to Homewood? If you can’t stop the violence, contain it.

  • kim

    This type of stuff happen the the Southside all the time……..

  • Happy Jacques

    Yeah I lived in southside for about 13 years, just moved outta there last November. WHen I first moved there in 1998 it was much different than when I moved out. It was gettng way too stupid, almost to the point of we didn’t want to leave the house after dark, especially on the weekend.

  • Jackie

    I’m concerned because I love this club. I dont’ know who mismanages it, but it is a safe place and one person with a gun had to mess it up.

  • Level Green

    This place is no different than most of the places on Carson Street on a Saturday night. It’s only after some horrific tradegy that the politicians all get together and take some steps.

    The residents of the Southside have been complaining for years so lets see what the talking head politicians do this time.

  • just sayin

    My question is if the activity is so bad at Zen (in regards to their closing hours and behavior of patrons), why did it take THIS long to get figured out? There are police on detail every evening.

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