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Last Night's Town Hall Meeting on Clubhouse Music Venue Shooting Filled With Anger, Accusations, and Rhetoric

Tempers flared and angry words filled the air at last night's town hall discussion regarding the Clubhouse Music Venue and the recent gang-related shooting that look place in its parking lot.

Angry accusations and livid tirades filled the air inside a packed meeting room at the Tempe History Museum during the 90-minute public forum on the shooting and the current investigation into the Clubhouse itself. More than 400 people crammed into the room, a majority of whom were supporting the venue and its owner Eugenia Ruven.

Ruven, who wasn't present for the meeting, was arrested and cited last Friday for allegedly failing to follow the Clubhouse's security plan. Said subject was at the heart of the town hall, as officials from the Tempe Police Department and city hall discussed at length their claim that a lack of a security presence on the night of the shooting cause the incident to occur.

In between jags of civic boosterism, recounting of police procedure, and bureaucratic rhetoric, the city's message became clear over the course of the evening: They believe the Clubhouse was at fault and they're going after the venue hard.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.