COUNCILWOMAN: BUSINESS OWNERS MUST DO MORE TO PROTECT PATRONS

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A Tuscaloosa City Councilwoman says she’s working with local restaurants and the Tuscaloosa Police Department on keeping crime at bay after two people were shot at a bar in her district early Friday.

District 7 Councilwoman Sonya McKinstry is looking at ensuring a shooting doesn’t happen at a business in her district or anywhere else in town again.

“It’s just an issue that we need to make sure the people who are coming to your establishment are safe,” McKinstry said.

McKinstry took to social media Friday, sharing her frustration after a shooting at Sideline Bar and Grill left two victims injured. It’s time for business owners to help police the community, McKinstry said in her post.

“If you have some guidelines like no loitering, extra security, pat-downs,” she said. “We have to think about better ways we can make these people who are partying and having a good time safe.”

Sideline’s owner has already contacted McKinstry, she said.

“Kudos to her for taking the initiative to close this weekend,” McKinstry said. “That told me she is more concerned about safety over sales.”

The shooting remains under investigation.

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