Shootings at Decades, Desperados spark new questions of D.C. nightlife safety

A string of high-profile shootings at popular nightlife venues has ignited a fresh wave of anxiety about customer safety — prompting businesses and local leaders to reassess how to keep visitors safe during a night on the town.

Late Friday, six people were injured in a shooting outside of the Decades nightclub on Connecticut Avenue NW, including a bride-to-be who has having a bachelorette party. Early Saturday, a man was fatally shot inside Desperados Burgers & Bar on U Street NW. An Instagram post indicates Decades will be open this weekend; it’s not clear if Desperados will be.

“Our goal now is to determine whether this could have been prevented and work to ensure the best possibility that patrons will continue to want to come to the establishment but that they are protected to the best of Decades’ ability,” said Andrew Kline, an attorney representing Decades.

The future might involve ramped-up security with new technology and more physical security. 

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