Des Moines bar may be shut down after shootings

Triple Double bar-photos courtesy WHO TV.

DES MOINES, Iowa - A local bar may be shut down by the City after three shootings in five months.

The Des Moines City Council took the first steps Monday night to discipline the Triple Double on Hull Avenue that was the scene of a shooting last Thursday, the third shooting there in five months.  One person was hurt last week, and two others were hurt in a shooting last month.  

"I just want our residents to know that the Legal Department of the City, the Police Department, we're all working together to come to some resolution with this establishment."  City Councilwoman Linda Westergaard said Monday.

The City of Des Moines is in the process of auditing the bar's books to see if 50-percent or more of its sales have been from non-liquor food sales, required by the bar's liquor license. 

The city council hopes to suspend the bar's liquor license, and police are making it a priority.

"If the neighbors look out their window they're going to see police presences in the neighborhood near the establishment, and I thank the police department for for putting that in place," Westergaard said.

A public hearing is set for April 23rd on a plan to assess a fine of 500 dollars each against Triple Double and five other Des Moines bars for selling alcohol to a minor.  

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