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Councilmember: Close NoMa nightclubs

Tuesday - 3/12/2013, 2:29pm  ET

WASHINGTON -- A District council member is speaking out after more than a dozen people were injured in a drive-by shooting early Monday morning.

"I'm definitely going to do my best to remove the nightclubs from the area," says Tommy Wells, speaking about the nightclubs Fur and Ibiza.

The clubs are located within a block of where 13 people were injured on North Capitol Street. No one was killed in the incident.

Police have not determined whether the shooting was related to club patrons or whether it involved a dispute between rival neighborhoods. But Wells says regardless, the area has become too residential to support such establishments.

"Releasing 2,000 to 3,000 to 4,000 people between the two clubs at night really does have a major impact on an area that's no longer industrial," he says.

Wells is the chairman of D.C.'s public safety committee.

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