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San Jose Police Investigating Possible Code Violations at Club Where 5 People Shot During Party Hosted by Chris Brown


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San Jose police are investigating potential administrative law violations against the San Jose nightclub owner who obtained a business license days before five people were shot during a party Sunday emceed by R&B singer Chris Brown, a police spokeswoman said.

Among the matters under the scrutiny of vice officers is whether the Fiesta nightclub had enough security officers present based on its occupancy during Brown’s private party early Sunday, police Sgt. Heather Randol said. Police received a report at 1:20 a.m. Sunday of a shooting during the sold-out party in the nightclub at 3840 Monterey Highway and on arrival, found four people wounded, each suffering from at least one gunshot wound. The four were transported to a hospital and a fifth wounded person also sought treatment at a hospital.

Their injuries were not life-threatening. The party, called the “Capricorn Bash,” was to take place from 9 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at the RockBar Theater at 360 Saratoga Ave. in San Jose, but organizers, Power Circle Ent and Ankh Marketing, moved it to the Fiesta, according to the event’s Facebook page. The promoters promised a “VIP red carpet paparazzi walk” for up to 200 people, with regular tickets selling online for $50 to $60; tickets for “special VIP entrance” and access to the front of the stage for $110; and passes for VIP table service, with four bottles of premium liquor, priced at $2,500, which had been sold out, according the page.

A San Jose vice administrative sergeant had warned the Fiesta’s owner prior to Brown’s party that “there was a potential for violence” due to a recent shooting at a private event hosted by the pop star in Southern California, Randol said. The sergeant was referring to Brown’s early morning party on Aug. 24 at a nightclub on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, where three people were shot and wounded, including record mogul Marion “Suge” Knight, an incident captured on cellphone videos taken by guests.

As of today, San Jose police do not have a description of a suspect or an idea of what motivated Sunday’s shooting and the Fiesta has not released any surveillance videos, Randol said. Police would like to talk to anyone at the party who took videos of the incident, she said. Detectives are also trying to determine exactly where the shooter was inside the nightclub when the gunfire took place, she said.

The Fiesta owner’s liquor and entertainment licenses are current and the last time the city reported code violations there was nearly seven years ago, she said. A city inspection report from March 25, 2008 for the property built in 1973 cited many building, electrical and plumbing code violations under a different owner, according to online city planning, building and code records. The report included violations at its bar, stage, dance floor, kitchen and bathrooms, according to the online city records.

Online city business license records list the formal name of the nightclub as Fiesta Cajun House and its owner as Katia Reyes, who received the license, for a restaurant, only last Wednesday, a little more than three days before Brown’s party. Reyes, a San Jose resident, reported having only one employee at the club. She could not be reached for comment. The previous owner, a company called LG Group, owned it under the name Fiesta Nightclub/Cowtown, from August 1981 to last Aug. 15, employing seven people.

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