CLEVELAND -- There's lots of concern Monday about a couple violent incidentsdowntown over the weekend.
Two people shot, one killed after a crowd spilled out of a Public Square nightclub. And a police officer shot and wounded a man during a traffic stop.
Understandably, violent crime and ahomicide downtown gets lots more media coverage because of where it happened. And political and business leaders know one incident can do lots of public relations damage.
They are restating their case that downtown is a safe place and turning up the heat on the nightclub apparently involved.
A memorial forDemario Warren, 23, in an unlikely spot justoff Public Square.
Lamont Weakley isa regular at Lounge 75, the nightclub off Public Squarewhere police think trouble turned violent outside.
There's a "no guns allowed" sign, even though the law doesn't allow them in bars and clubs.
Lamont doesn't blame the club. "Whenyou get fools and guns, people with guns, that'stype of stuff happens. This is a nice club. It's just the riff raff in the parking lot.Two years ago same location, different club here,"Weakley said.
Police says trouble that started inside came outside.
"I'm not happy with the events,"landlord Dan Dzina said. Dzina claims his inside and outside security cameras showed no fighting inside and club owners had an off-duty police officer and security guards on duty.
But he wants to stop the trouble "If it's not bringing the right crowd, not working, I'll talk to my attorney to see what we have to do."
Damage control is a big part of downtown's chief promoter Joe Marinucci's day.
Whenthe convention center opens, downtown will be busier.
But more police and more cameras can't stop everything. City Councilman Joe Cimperman sayshe is going to do whatever it takes to shut down this night club, including targeting its liquor license.
City Hall has bad memories of what happened in The Flats andearlier, ugly chapters in the Warehouse District.
Theywant to do anything and everything to keep downtown and its image safe.