TABC Suspends Permit of San Antonio Night Club Following Deadly Shooting
Agency’s emergency order suspends permit for 90 days
AUSTIN – The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has suspended the liquor permit of Boom Boom Sports Bar in San Antonio for 90 days following a deadly shooting which claimed the lives of three people early Aug. 15.
The move comes as TABC and local police continue their investigation of the events which led to a mass shooting incident at the bar, which also left multiple people injured. So far, one person, 34-year-old Daniel Barragan, has been arrested by San Antonio police in connection with the shooting.
Early reports indicate the incident began with a fight inside the bar, which later escalated to a larger fight outside the location. The brawl eventually resulted in gunfire that hit at least five people. Two victims were pronounced deceased at the scene, with a third later dying of their injuries at a hospital. Investigators from TABC’s Target Responsibility for Alcohol-Connected Emergencies (TRACE) unit were immediately notified of the shooting and began an investigation within hours of the incident. The investigation seeks to determine whether the sports bar’s policies or practices played a role in the shooting.
In the meantime, TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles used the agency’s emergency powers to suspend the bar’s liquor license for 90 days. During the suspension, no alcohol may be served or sold at the location. State law allows TABC to suspend a business’ permit for up to 90 days if it’s determined that continued operations could place public health or safety at risk.
“While it’s never our goal to shut down a business, there are times when public safety must take priority,” Nettles said. “I’m confident that our investigators, along with our outstanding partners at SAPD, will soon get to the bottom of this incident so we can hold the appropriate parties responsible.”
As the state’s regulator of the alcoholic beverage industry, TABC is responsible for ensuring safe operations at more than 57,000 alcoholic beverage industry businesses statewide. For more information, visit tabc.texas.gov.
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