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Second Toronto Bar Killing Angers Local Residents
 
ONLINE:   MONDAY MARCH 6, 4:47 PM EST (GMT-5).

ANOTHER killing in a Toronto rave club adjacent to the Community's area is having some criticize the city for inaction.

Previous News
Man Shot Dead at Mixed Toronto Bar
Andrew Robotham, 32, was killed with a gunshot to the head at the entrance to the Spin Cat club at Yonge and Isabella Streets, the location of a former popular gay bar and one square block from the gay centre at Church and Wellesley.

It was the second murder in a mixed club in the vicinity of the Community in 3 weeks.  Business owners on the block as well as local residents were described as angry and alarmed in the Toronto Sun and Toronto Star today.

It should be shut down ... it makes a lot of people very nervous and it's attracting the wrong element... there's a lot of good people around here.
 
-Neighbourhood bartender Gail Lewis
 
"There's usually five to 15 drug pushers ... on the other side of the street,'' Tom Nasterski, owner of the Artful Dodger Pub, told the Star.  "It's sad," he continued, "The health department can close a restaurant down because of a few mice and cockroaches, but they can't do anything about illegal substance abuse."

"It should be shut down," bartender Gail Lewis was quoted as saying. "It makes a lot of people very nervous and it's attracting the wrong element ... there's a lot of good people around here," she added, saying the tone of the club stands in contrast with the friendly neighbourhood atmosphere of the rest of the street.

Others told the Sun that municipal authorities should make cleaning up the neighbourhood their first priority.

"I think it's time for him to take some leadership and move on this," Peter Hennessy was quoted as saying of the neighbourhood's city councilor Kyle Rae.

Building superintendent Marie Slaunwhite said it should be the first job of new Police Chief Julian Fantino, who was sworn in today.

The victim, who was working as a bouncer in the club, was shot after two men refused to allow him to do a body search, police reportedly said.  Another man was wounded in the head and is in critical condition at St. Michael's Hospital.  Two others were apparently cut by flying debris.