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August 10, 2022

Shooting prompts state to suspend East Haven business

PHOTO | FILE IMAGE Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull

In response to a fatal shooting over the weekend, the state on Tuesday announced it has indefinitely suspended the liquor permit of BullsEye Billiards & Bar in East Haven.

The business, which is at 655 Main St., must remain closed until further notice, according to state Department of Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull.

The action was prompted by a shooting on Aug. 6, when one patron, Julius Bolden-Lowe, was fatally injured, and a bystander sustained critical injuries, officials said.

Police Chief Edward R. Lennon Jr. requested that the state issue an immediate summary suspension due to the “serious violence that has occurred, the threat to public safety and the drain on police resources,” associated with the establishment.

According to police, a bouncer was stationed at the business’ front door on the night of the shooting, and while that individual checked customers’ identification, patrons were not checked for weapons.

The business’ current permit was set to expire Feb. 11, 2023.

“My condolences go out to the friends and family members who lost a loved one in this unfortunate incident,” Seagull said, in an announcement. “It is clear from repeated incidents that this premise is not operating in a way that prioritizes the health and safety of its customers, neighbors, and community.”

Lennon claimed there has been a “pattern of incidents involving violent behavior” at the premises dating back to the spring of 2021, including fights and stabbings. 

Seagull asserted that immediate suspension and closure is “necessary to prevent any additional violent incidents.”

On Monday, prior to the state’s announcement, the business posted on its Facebook page: “Our hearts go (out) to the young man who lost his life, and his grieving family.” 

“We have remained closed in order to consult with various security experts and to take the immediate actions necessary in order to provide a safer environment for everyone,” the post said. “Our family has worked tirelessly during the past five years to make this a friendly environment for everyone. We appreciate your continued support, and your trust in us that these new security measures will keep everyone safe. We will announce shortly when we will reopen.”

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