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Foxx Trap Gentleman's Club to remain closed until Jefferson County judge issues final ruling

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - Birmingham's Foxx Trap Gentleman's Club has been ordered to keep its doors closed after a deadly shooting this weekend. 

Last week, the Birmingham City Council revoked the club's business license. The next day, a Jefferson County judge issued a restraining order that allowed the club to stay open. 

Today in court, Judge Tom King heard hours of testimony from witnesses reporting violations by the club that included underage drinking, the possibility of illegal substances, and safety concerns like blocked exits and the club operating over capacity. 

King says he wants to take a few days to review the evidence presented today. He's expected to have his final decision by Friday afternoon. Until then, the club's doors remain closed.

The closure comes after a fatal shooting early Saturday morning that killed a security guard.  

Saturday morning, Wanda Weare got some news that no mother wants to hear.  

"When I did, you know, wake up, she was telling me that my son had been shot and I rushed down there to find him in the back of the paramedics," Weare said. 

Weare's son, Brandon Cephus, works as a security guard at the Foxx Trap Gentleman's Club. According to her, Cephus was in the parking lot when Jonathan Asuzu, another security guard at the club, approached him. There was an altercation and a police report says Asuzu pulled a gun on Cephus and shot him.

An off-duty Birmingham police officer who was working as security ordered Asuzu to drop his gun. When he didn't comply, the off-duty officer shot and killed him. 

"The police officer that shot him basically saved his life because there could have been many more people killed that was out there," Weare said.

Weare's son was badly injured, but he's expected to be OK.

Saturday's shooting was just the latest incident at the club. According to the city of Birmingham, from 2011 to 2014, there have been 201 incidents reported.  That is why they say the Foxx Trap should have its business license revoked. 

But Weare doesn't agree.

"We can't blame him for our children's mistakes, that's not fair. That's just like blaming me for what your children have done," Weare said. 

This weekend's shooting at the Foxx Trap remains under investigation. Because it involved an off-duty police officer, the case is being handled by the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.  

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