SCOTLANDVILLE, La. (BRPROUD) — The 60-year business Vince’s Liquor Store on Scotland Avenue keeps busy — but crime is creeping closer. This has some people in the area blaming the store.
“We’re not doing nothing wrong, ya know? We’re not selling nothing illegal from in here,” said cashier and owner Mosa Algahhil.
There have been two shootings near Vince’s Liquor Store within six months, one of which took the life of a 17-year-old.
Two separate shootings occurred several months apart. On March 19, a shooting claimed the life of a 17-year-old. Police said the shooting took place around 7:35 p.m. in the 8500 block of Scotland Avenue.
A second victim was killed on July 28 in the 8600 block of Scotland Avenue.
Algahhil claims that those shootings did not happen on the property.
“More and more, we’re hearing residents that indicate that Vince Liquor Store is more of a hazard,” said District 2 Councilwoman Chauna Banks.
On Tuesday, Banks, Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul, and members of the Alcohol Beverage Control met to discuss the future of Vince’s Liquor Store to see if it remaining open is a problem.
“Residents are calling for it to be closed, that is not a process that just happens,” said Banks.
During the meeting, Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul explained how in the last five years crime has escalated at Vince’s Liquor Store’s address.
Councilwoman Banks, who represents the area, says that the liquor store has been found to sell to underage kids, prostitutes soliciting inside the building, and money laundering.
However, the owners of the liquor store want to see a change as well in the area.
“Let’s make it into a community that’s strong enough that our children can walk in the streets without no fear of guns, no drugs,” said Algahhil. “Let’s do it!”