'The nuclear option': Duffy neighbors weigh options after strip club violence

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'The nuclear option': Duffy neighbors weigh options after strip club violence

CREATED Feb 7, 2013 - UPDATED: Feb 8, 2013

Reporter: Marcelino Benito

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Duffy neighbors call it the nuclear option: shutting down Tens Showclub for good.

"This is getting very intense," said neighbor Howard Harrison.

Last December, two deadly shootings outside Tens in less than a week, rocked the area and the people who call it home.

"I heard there was a second one, and I was like oh my gosh, this is an epidemic," said Harrison.

Thursday night Duffy neighbors came together to find a cure to this serious problem going on right in Harrison's own backyard.

"I don't feel very safe in the neighborhood," he said. "It's spilled over onto my block. I live three blocks south of the club."

According to TPD statistics, there've been 106 calls to the area in the last three years.

"Seventy-five percent were criminal activity," said another neighbor. "Yeah, that's a concern."

There's consensus something needs to be done. They could turn to the city, law enforcement or the club's owner. Neighbors could try getting Tens' liquor license revoked or in a worst case scenario, shut the club down. All options were tossed around tonight. Neighbors tell 9OYS that they won't sit back and let their neighborhood deteriorate.

"When it happens to you directly, you start thinking something has to be done," said Harrison.

The bottom line is safety and seeing more police tape and crime scene units steps away from their homes is making them think twice about how safe they really are.

"Do you feel less safe?" asked reporter 9OYS Marcelino Benito. "Less safe, less safe," replied Harrison.

The neighborhood association voted unanimously to take their concerns to Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik to come up with a plan of action. Kozachik told 9OYS back in December, he also believes something needs to be done.

Neighbors tell 9OYS the club's owner has expressed an interest in coming to one of the neighborhood meetings. So far, nothing has been finalized.