Owners of 330 Ritch nightclub surrender entertainment permit after weekend shooting 

click to enlarge A neighbor said there had been previous problems at the 330 Ritch venue; “some crowds are really crazy,” he said. - ANNA LATINO/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • A neighbor said there had been previous problems at the 330 Ritch venue; “some crowds are really crazy,” he said.

The 330 Ritch nightclub, where three people were injured in a weekend shooting, is no more.

The owners agreed to surrender their entertainment permit Monday, which means the club will no longer operate, according to Entertainment Commission Executive Director Jocelyn Kane. The decision is indefinite, she said.

Three people were injured early Saturday morning in three shootings at and near the club. An argument inside the club apparently caused shots to be fired indoors, according to police. The argument then spilled onto the street, where another shooting happened. A third shooting occurred half a block away in a parking lot.

Police continued to investigate the incident Monday, including by reviewing surveillance footage from the club. No information about a suspect has been released.

The three shooting victims are expected to survive, including two men in their 20s and a third man in his 30s who was in critical but stable condition as of Sunday evening.

The club is located on Ritch Street, an alleyway between Brannan and Townsend streets in the South of Market neighborhood. The nightclub often features performances from DJs and other live-music acts. Friday night’s lineup featured R&B and hip-hop music from DJ Kleptic and DJ Mario E, according to an event poster.

A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said he’s had to deal with club patrons’ noise and drug use for nearly 10 years and it was “only a matter of time” before an incident like this happened.

“I’m not surprised this happened,” he said. “I have lived there since 2003. Unfortunately, when I bought my place, I did not realize gangbangers would hang out in the alley.”

The neighbor said the owners of the club tried to be responsible when they took over the operation in 2008, but there’s only so much that can be done to control the patrons.

“It all depends on the crowd,” he said. “Some crowds are really crazy. At 1 a.m. there will be big cars with loud car stereos and a lot of people using corners for bathrooms, and others smoking weed outside. It’s a very unhealthy environment.”

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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