Over the weekend, Houston mayor Sylvester Turner criticized the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission after a shooting at a nightclub in Midtown left a Houston woman dead and three Harris County sheriff’s deputies injured.
The shooting, which took place at Set Nightclub on January 3, has already culminated in the arrest of 25-year-old Joseph Anthony Gonzalez, according to Click2Houston. The incident occurred after a fight in the club’s parking lot, when police say Gonzalez began firing his gun into the crowd. The woman killed was Gonzalez’s mother. The sheriff’s deputies, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries, were moonlighting as security guards at the club at the time of their injuries.
According to Turner, though, Set shouldn’t have been allowed to operate at all. “This is a straight up nightclub and should not have been open,” Turner tweeted on Sunday. “TABC has allowed them to operate as a restaurant, though Harris County would say no due to the pandemic.”
Set isn’t the only nightclub that TABC has allowed to operate through the COVID-19 pandemic, either. On multiple occasions, the bar has been the star of viral social media videos featuring large crowds of maskless partiers inside the club’s massive space despite restrictions on capacity. It also earned a 30-day suspension of its liquor license earlier this year after violating those restrictions.
According to Houston police, Gonzalez is currently hospitalized as he recovers from injuries sustained after the shooting, and faces numerous charges, including three counts of aggravated assault against a public servant and being a felon in possession of a weapon.