Knoxville club closed as public nuisance

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Club Levels 2, located at 2514 MLK Avenue in Knoxville, was closed Thursday as a public nuisance. A release from the District Attorney General's office said the closing came as a result of gang activity, shootings and "extremely violent behavior occurring at the club."

District Attorney General Charme Allen filed a petition which detailed that Club Levels 2 was the scene of "repeated shootings and other violent altercations over the past ten months." Since March, two individuals were shot while at the club, and citizens called 911 on multiple additional occasions in order to report shots fired at the club.

The Knoxville Police Department said officers had been repeatedly called to the club to break up large disturbances. Known gang members were said to frequent the club, often wearing gang colors and flashing gang signs.

"In short, Club Levels 2 operates as a haven for criminal activity, is known in the area as such, and is a continued threat to this community," the release from the District Attorney General's office said. "Club Levels 2 is a menace to the community particularly due to the violence that is occurring both inside and outside of the business."

This nuisance injunction marked the fifty-first closure by the DA's office and KPD.