Edmonton shuts down Twilight Afterhours Club

Edmonton has permanently shut down a downtown after-hours club that was the site of a fatal shooting in February.

Edmonton has permanently closed a downtown after-hours club that was the site of a fatal shooting in February.

The city's chief licensing officer, Randy Kirillo, cites six violent incidents at the Twilight Afterhours Club in 30 months and poor business practices by the owners in determining it was not in the public interest to allow the club to keep operating.

The city has cancelled the club's business licence.

"It is unreasonable to conclude that the acts of violence, by or to patrons of the club, that occur inside Twilight or within the immediate vicinity of the club are just unrelated coincidences, or that they can be written off as some generic form of downtown violence to which the owner and management have no responsibility," Kirillo stated in his written decision.

Kirillo also cited the negative impact the club, at 105th Street and 100th Avenue, has on the surrounding community as well the presence of minors in the club.

"As long as this business was allowed to stay open, there was a risk to public safety," Troy Courtoreille, a senior municipal enforcement field supervisor with Edmonton's public safety compliance team, said Thursday.

On Feb.15, one man was killed and another was seriously injured in an early morning shooting at the club.

The shooting prompted the city's public safety compliance team to ask Kirillo to cancel the licence.

The owners can appeal the cancellation to the city's community standards and licence appeal committee, but the club must stay closed.

Businesses are normally allowed to stay open while a cancellation is under appeal, but in this case, Kirillo has determined the club is too dangerous.

In March, another troubled club, Gingur Sky Bar and Grill, closed after the owners voluntarily turned in their business licence.