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State shuts down Schenectady bar where stabbings occurred

State shuts down Schenectady bar where stabbings occurred

The state Liquor Authority has revoked the license of a club where a huge brawl resulted in two stab

The state Liquor Authority has revoked the license of a club where a huge brawl resulted in two stabbings early Sunday.

Club XI at 11 N. Broadway was the scene at about 3:25 a.m. Sunday of a fight both inside and outside involving an estimated 100 people. During the fracas, Quentin S. Blunt, 33, of Schenectady was stabbed in the back and Jamel W. Carroll, 33, of the Bronx was stabbed in the leg.

No arrests have been made in the stabbings, but police said four people were arrested on disorderly conduct charges and one person on obstruction and resisting arrest charges for refusing to let police into the club to investigate.

The club has only been open for about a month and a half. The Schenectady Police Department and state Liquor Authority officials served the business with the revocation at about 5 p.m. Wednesday. Club XI will be able to reapply for a state liquor permit after 30 days, according to a press release from city police.

“I expect city businesses to operate in a responsible manner to ensure public safety," Mayor Gary McCarthy said in a statement. "If they fail to do so, we will leverage all resources available to us to take the necessary steps to close the business,” he said.

Club XI is the third establishment in recent months to be shut down following violent incidents. The Mason’s Club at 548 Schenectady St. had its license revoked after George C. Lloyd III, 24, was fatally shot outside the bar just after 4 a.m. on Oct. 27.

In that case, police announced the arrest of Timothy McFarland, 48, of 548 Schenectady St., for allegedly operating the business as an after-hours bar without the necessary permit, a violation-level offense. McFarland is due back in court on Dec. 10 at 9 a.m.

Also closed is Joe’s Bar at 1306 Fifth Ave. Rashad Robinson, 23, of Schenectady died after several shots were fired into a crowd outside the bar in November 2011.

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