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WBR Council revokes Raxx Bar’s liquor license following deadly shooting

Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 4:56 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 14, 2021 at 11:17 PM CDT
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PORT ALLEN, La. (WAFB) - The West Baton Rouge Parish Council appointed a hearing officer who has decided to revoke the liquor license of Raxx Bar and Grill in Erwinville following a deadly shooting outside the bar.

Trey Allen, 21, of Livonia, was shot and killed in the Raxx Bar parking lot on September 18, according to investigators.

Officials said Ronald Campbell and Deondra Lagarde, both 17, were arrested in connection with the deadly shooting.

“The leadership of this parish, you saw them take the bull by the horns, and they’re saying the message is that these nightclubs putting profits over the safety of our kids, it’s stopping,” said District Attorney Tony Clayton.

Clayton argued at Thursday’s hearing that Raxx allegedly allowed underage people inside the club, served alcohol to minors, and failed to check for any weapons. He also said all three factors contributed to the death of Allen.

“Nobody wants to shut down anybody’s business but you cannot put profit over safety. The safety of our children, the safety of our citizens, must come first,” emphasized Clayton.

He described a ‘violent culture’ at Raxx during the hearing by citing a fight between the bar’s owner, Troy Carruth, a security guard, and a customer that left Carruth with a black eye.

“You’re so good at running this club that they knocked the hell out of you. And you want these people’s children to go there and you have a black eye,” said Clayton during the hearing.

Cy D’Aquila, the attorney representing the owners of Raxx Bar and Grill, said they plan to file an appeal.

“What they did to my client today was wrong,” said D’Aquila.

He disagreed with the procedures that went into the hearing and said Raxx bears no responsibility for Allen’s death.

“My client did not do anything to cause the death of that young man and we’re very upset about that but if Mr. Clayton would have spent as much time trying to reform the juveniles in this parish as he spent trying to get rid of my client’s liquor license, this probably wouldn’t have happened,” explained D’Aquila.

D’Aquila believes this ruling could set a dangerous precedent moving forward in the parish.

“If every liquor permit place or business in West Baton Rouge Parish would get their liquor license revoked because somebody was shot in a parking lot, there would be a lot less businesses in this parish,” said D’Aquila.

He will have 30 days to submit an appeal. Once it’s submitted, the appeal will go before the district court.

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