Cops Close Shaw Bar After Bottle Attack Hospitalizes Customer

by Andrew Ramonas May 20, 2016 at 12:35 pm 0

(Updated 11 a.m. Monday) Police shut down a bar in Shaw after someone there threw a bottle at a man’s head in an attack that sent him to the hospital early yesterday morning, according to authorities.

The assault happened in Karma Lounge and Bar at 1936 9th St. NW about 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

The victim was eating and drinking with his cousin at a table in Karma when somebody hurled a bottle at his head and then ran from the bar, police said.

The man was brought to a local hospital for treatment.

Authorities haven’t released a description of the suspect.

On Thursday afternoon, police closed Karma under orders from D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier. Karma can’t reopen until at least Monday, when the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is expected to make a determination on whether to suspend the bar’s alcohol license.

“The Chief of Police finds that continued operation of this establishment would present an imminent danger to the health, safety, and welfare of the public; that there is an additional imminent danger to the health and welfare of the public by not closing this establishment; and that there is no immediately available measure to ameliorate these findings,” according to Metropolitan Police Department notices posted on Karma’s windows.

Borderstan’s efforts to reach a Karma representative for comment weren’t immediately successful.


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