Neighbors call for change after two shootings at strip club
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CREATED Dec. 31, 2012
Reporter: Maggie Vespa
TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - It is supposed to be one place you feel safe.
But residents in one eastside neighborhood tell us their homes have become bunkers, between them and a war raging on the outside.
And the blame, they say, belongs to one nearby business.
Dawn Ferguson and her 94 year-old mother verla have lived in their home, near Speedway and Rosemont, for 50 years.
She says seeing nearby crime creep closer and closer is heartbreaking.
"Having the police look so closely to your home for somebody... It's unnerving."
The two have taken steps to stay safe.
"...adding security lights, solid doors, security gates, dogs.">
But say this most recent stretch of violence, two deadly shootings in seven days, is too much.
And she places the blame on the nearby Tens Showclub.
"That brings an element of people and crime that we don't need in this neighborhood."
City councilman Steve Kozachik agrees, and is calling for change starting with the owners of Tens and similar shops to crack down on clientelle.
"I understand private property rights and all that, but as you have rights, you also have responsibilities, and that responsibilty is to act as a legitimate neighbor to the people surrounding you."
Kozachik is also calling on the state liquor board to hold public hearings in Tucson before granting liquor licenses to neighborhood businesses.
"They can hear the same kinds of thigns that I'm hearing from the residents when people apply for liquor licenses close to residential areas."
An effort Ferguson and her neighbors support wholeheartedly, since she and her mother have no plans to leave her childhood home.
"It's been our home for so long. We just want to make changes and feel safe."
And Kozachik says he's been in talks with state lawmakers to bring those hearings to Tucson for four months now with no results.
He hopes this recent stretch of gun violence will turn the tide.
9OYS tried reaching out to the owners of Tens Showclub, and did not hear back.