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Club Karma closed after shooting

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Downtown club-goers will have one less destination to choose from in the near future as the city licensing board has suspended the license at Club Karma following a double-shooting early Saturday morning.

Police on scene and revelers retreated after shots were fired inside Club Karma on Richmond Street around 2:00 in the morning.

Detective Michael Otrando, Providence Police Department, spoke at the hearing telling those in attendance "the witness and the victims are all from Massachusetts and they were going to go to a club in Massachusetts but they decided to come down to Karma because the clubs stay open later here in Providence."

The victims have been identified as members of the Walk Hill Bloods gang in Boston. Both in their 20s, police say they have an extensive criminal history with 18 arrests between them.

Police don't know whether the shooting was gang-related or not, but responding officers inside the club confirm the details based on witness accounts.

Detective John St. Lawrence, Providence Police Department, described those accounts "he told me once he heard that shot, a fight ensued in front of the DJ booth and people started to rush out of the side door and the front door."

Police also confirm that they saw shell casings and bullet holes inside the club, and one officer heard club employees trying to downplay the situation.

Now Karma is closed and officials fear retaliation and according to Major Thomas Verdi, Providence Police Department, that fear is warranted, telling NBC 10 "we have, rightfully so, some very serious concerns about Karma opening now until there is a full show cause hearing."

Both victims remain in critical but stable condition tonight at Rhode Island Hospital, and the Board of Licenses will meet again Monday to decide what further action may be taken

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