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After fatal shooting, Fat Kat nightclub closing?
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After a fatal shooting in February, an illegal drug raid on Saturday, shrinking crowds and a disconnected phone - it looks like Fat Kat nightclub in Murray Hill may be closing.

Len Burroughs, vice president of the Murray Hill Preservation Association, tells First Coast News the crowds have thinned out since the shooting in the early morning hours of February 16. Several hundred people were at the club on the morning of February 16, when one person was killed and four others were shot.

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Since then, Burroughs said, the crowds at Fat Kat have been numbering in the 20s.

In the early morning hours on Saturday, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office conducted a raid at the club and found marijuana being sold, according to police reports.

According to an arrest report, officers observed 40-year-old Dekerick Wright passed "small plastic bag tied in a knot" to 26-year-old Bernard Troutman. Troutman put the bag in his pants pocket and the bag was found to contain marijuana.

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Wright was charged with violation of probation on a battery charge and Troutman was charged with possessing no more than 20 grams of marijuana.

Later on Saturday, Fat Kat was closed. FCN tried calling the phone number listed for Fat Kat and it has been disconnected.

Burroughs said the Murray Hill Preservation Association will be glad to see Fat Kat close due to all of the violence that has taken place at the club.

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