Cactus Jack's under scrutiny by District Attorney

Published: Mar. 17, 2009 at 1:36 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The family of Jason Morin has set-up a fund to help pay for his funeral.  The 36 year-old father was shot dead after midnight Saturday during a scuffle with a security guard in the parking lot of Cactus Jack's.

Action News 5 spoke with his sister hours later.

Why?" asked Dawn Roberts.  "Just please tell me why?" she added.

The shooting is just the latest reason police and fire crews have been called to club.

"We're doing our best," says an employee who didn't want to be identified.

He's overseeing renovation inside the club after the third arson in two months did more than $30,000 in damage.

"It's crazy, it's useless, it's senseless," says the employee.

We were there a little more than a week ago when employees say a rival club sent a flaming car through the front door.  It left many employees more than shaken.

"They have said and vowed that they're not going to quit until this club is burned to the ground," says the unidentified employee.

But there's chance the club could be closed by the courts if problems persist.

The Shelby County District Attorney's Office tells us it is aware of the issues at the club.

Here's a statement sent to Action News 5:

"We are aware of the recent crimes that have occurred at this business and have been in communication with the Memphis Police Department about the number of incidents that have been reported there. Any business owner who allows criminal activity to routinely occur on his property is subject to a nuisance action which, under law, could result in the closure of the business."

Back at Cactus Jack's, new surveillance cameras are up and running.  Additional concrete barriers are in place near the door.

"When the word on the street is what it is, you've got to do what you can to protect the people," says the employee.

He adds the club should not be held responsible for problems it cannot control.

The security guard involved in the latest shooting has not been charged.  Meantime, investigators continue to look into the string of arsons.