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Community takes stand against a Birmingham business

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Birmingham police outside Hong Kong Seafood following a shooting, Saturday, October 26, 2013. (abc3340.com) Birmingham police outside Hong Kong Seafood following a shooting, Saturday, October 26, 2013. (abc3340.com)

After a weekend rash of shooting violence, members of the Birmingham community took a stand Tuesday against Hong Kong Seafood restaurant.

The business was the scene of two weekend shootings and the shooting death of a young man more than two months ago.

Community activist Wanda Erskine held a press conference Tuesday outside the facility. Erskine told ABC 33/40, if city leaders can't come up with a way to heighten security there, she wants it to be shut down.

City councilor Steven Hoyt and Mayor William bell addressed the violence during a city council meeting earlier in the morning. Hoyt was a staunch opponent of giving back the business its license in June. He wasted no time talking about the location he calls "a venue of violence."

Minh Bui, who owns Hong Kong Nails, which is connected to the restaurant building, says owners have hired security. He says the community must work to end violence.

Minh Bui, the owner of Hong Kong Nails, the business adjacent to Hong Kong Seafood in Birmingham, Ala. (abc3340.com)

At the end of Tuesday's conversation in the council chambers, city leaders agreed to review safety at the business at the next public safety committee meeting.

 

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