After a woman was shot in the vicinity of Club Vibe in North Knoxville over the weekend, residents in the area decided to organize a town hall to talk about what can be done with the business.
Jessie Roberts, 25, was shot and killed early Sunday morning while going to the Krystal drive-thru on Broadway.
The restaurant is about a block down and on the opposite side of the street. The club is barely visible from the drive-thru line.
Katy Brockway lives very close to the club and has heard arguments and gunshots more than once since she and her husband moved in about three years ago.
“One of the times, it sounded like it was coming from our living room and I got really, really scared and my husband locked us in the back room. It’s really, really frightening. Gunshots sound very, very close to you regardless if they’re a mile away or if they’re in your living room. So it’s not something you like to hear at night,” Brockway said.
She got back home about two hours before the shooting Sunday morning. She contemplated with her husband what could’ve happened if they returned home just two hours later.
Richard Padell also came home early Sunday morning, but after the shooting already occurred. Padell lives on the other side of Club Vogue, on Washington Pike. His street isn’t as close as Brockway’s is to the club, but it’s still close.
He said police cars were lined up his street, blocking his driveway when he got home from work.
Padell has a slightly different view than Brockway. He said the shooting over the weekend was the first time he has ever noticed a problem because of the club.
“I don’t think it’s an issue, but then again, if it starts happening more frequently then there’s going to be an issue,” Padell said.
When he found out someone had died, he checked his backyard for any gun shell casings or blood.
Brockway has thought about reaching out to someone about the commotion near the club and her home but said she didn’t know who to contact.
When she found out a meeting was scheduled to talk about what she already had concerns with, she said she would attend.
The meeting will be on April 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Christenberry Recreation Center.
WATE 6 On Your Side has been told that representatives from the Knoxville Police Department will be at the meeting, as well as the district’s councilwoman, Lauren Rider.