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Purple Haze ‘ceasing operations’ after shooting inside club

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Purple Haze, a popular downtown Memphis nightclub, has closed indefinitely in the aftermath of a shooting that injured several people.

The shooting happened around 3 a.m. Monday morning.

An employee told FOX13 the suspect, identified as Jeremy Beck, got into a fight with one of the victims the night before the shooting. The next day, shots rang out inside the club.

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Four victims were taken to local hospitals. Others were also treated for injuries.

Warrants were issued for Beck, and he was arrested on Wednesday. The 32-year-old is charged with Attempted Second Degree Murder, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, Aggravated Assault, and Convicted Felon in Possession of a Handgun, according to Memphis Police.

Morris Marketing Group released the following statement about the decision:

Purple Haze announced today that they are ceasing operations for the time being as management continues to evaluate best practices for providing a quality nightclub experience in Memphis.

As we stated earlier in the week, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the shooting incident that happened early Monday morning at Purple Haze. As the safety and security of our guests and employees are the most important priority, we are not announcing a re-opening date as we continue to evaluate best practices in order to provide a quality nightclub experience in Memphis, Tennessee.

Our current security plan on file with the Tennessee Alcohol Beverage Commission has been approved and details the security efforts that we have instituted for over seven and a half years. Depending on crowd size, we employ five to seven strategically placed security guards paid at a minimum of $20 an hour and an armed off-duty police officer paid at $40 an hour that has the authority to uphold the law as needed. Our front door security officers use metal-detecting wands to check patrons as they enter the door. As our capacity is only 200 people, we believe we provide more security coverage per person than other venues in the area.

We understand that what happened Monday morning was a terrible event. As we have stated we are closing to evaluate how to move forward to provide a quality nightclub experience, however we are unsure if that is possible in the current environment in Downtown Memphis.

Many times, we have been portrayed in the news media as having been the location for violent events, when in fact the violent events happened on the street outside of Purple Haze and neighboring parking garages that we do not own or operate. Police reports and media use Purple Haze as a landmark in the reporting of the events casting a negative light on our operations. Through our own research of on-file police incident reports, we have learned that there are clubs in the Historic District that have had significantly more incidents requiring police involvement than Purple Haze, yet seemingly less media attention.

Given the regularity of violent events that occur Downtown, we are concerned for the citizens and tourists of Memphis. We applaud Director Rallings and the Memphis Police Department for their efforts for doing all they can to mitigate the violence, but violent events are going to happen despite everyone’s best efforts.

We urge the citizens of Memphis to take note and work with their representatives and city leaders to try to find a solution to decrease the violence in the city.

Purple Haze, a popular downtown Memphis nightclub, has closed indefinitely in the aftermath of a shooting that injured several people.

Atomic Rose to open in space previously occupied by Purple Haze

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A new night spot is set to open in a couple of weeks in the Beale Street Entertainment District.

Atomic Rose restaurant and bar will open at the corner of Second and Lt. George W. Lee in the location formerly occupied by Purple Haze, which was shut down in 2018 after several shootings, fights and reports of armed parties.

People we talked with Tuesday are hopeful the new place won’t be anything like Purple Haze.

“We went there to have a good time and it was quite the experience, I’d have to say,” said Joshua Culver, a tourist from Michigan who visited Purple Haze in 2018 shortly before law enforcement closed it down for good.

“There was a couple of scuffles in the front of the bar, but I think that’s pretty standard when people have some drinks,” he said. “But, yea, it was just a different experience I would say, for sure”

He’s hopeful Atomic Rose will erase the bad vibes caused by Purple Haze.

“I would hope that they do a better job as far as security and making sure everybody is safe inside there,” he said.

We’re told Atomic Rose will be a restaurant with nightly entertainment focusing on attracting the LGBTQ community.

The business, owned by Mas Properties, LLC, has an approved permit from the health department, as well as a dance permit and a permit to sell beer. A liquor license is pending approval.

We weren’t allowed inside for a look at the business but a full menu is already posted outside by the main entrance.

We’re told there will be both internal and external security provided by “Asset Protection Agency.”

Leo Allred, owner of longtime Beale Street business Tater Red’s Lucky Mojos, said he’s seen a lot of businesses come and was glad to see Purple Haze go.

He says he and other Beale Street merchants want Atomic Rose to succeed, and he hopes the owners will make security and safety a top priority.

“I just hope they’re going to run a clean establishment, like everyone else is supposed to be doing,” he said. “That’s everybody’s goal down here, to make it a safer Beale Street. A safer place for everyone in Memphis to come and have a good time.”

A grand opening date hasn’t been announced. We’re told the business will be open Wednesdays through Sundays.

Atomic Rose to open in space previously occupied by Purple Haze MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A new night spot is set to open in a couple of weeks in the Beale Street Entertainment District. Atomic Rose