Norfolk mother wants nightclub shut down after son injured in shooting


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The family of a man who was shot at a Norfolk nightclub on Sunday says they’re “livid” that someone managed to get a gun into the establishment.

The shooting that injured the 21-year-old Chesapeake man happened around 1 a.m. at the Broadway Restaurant and Lounge off Virginia Beach Boulevard near Military Highway.

Despite a sign at the door that says “no weapons allowed,” Sunday’s shooting marks the third time shots have been fired there since June. 

“There’s too much going on up there, too much. Enough is enough,” Sara Bray, the mother of the victim. Her son, Jawon, is still recovering after someone shot him in the chest in the nightclub. 

Since October of last year, Norfolk police responded to 72 calls for service at the nightclub. The type of calls range from larceny to disturbances and assaults. 

“I had so many different phone calls. One person called me and said ‘your son’s been shot, your son’s been shot’” Bray tells 10 On Your Side, as she recalled the night of the shooting.

Bray said Jawon told her that he and other clubgoers were searched at the door before they were allowed in.”They pat them down first and then they use like a metal wand. My concern is how did the person, or whoever it was, get in the club with a gun?”

Now Bray is looking for answers from the club owner. 10 On Your Side tried contacting the nightclub to find out what security measures are in place, but we haven’t heard back. 

Bray said she just wants someone held accountable.”If it was that easy for them to get inside the club with a gun, who’s to say it won’t happen again,” she said.

Norfolk police have not identified a suspect and there’s no word on what led up to Sunday’s shooting.

If you have any information on the suspect, call Crime Line at 1 (888) LOCK-U-UP.

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