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Rockin’ Rodeo Shut Down After Murder

BAKERSFIELD, CA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A popular nightclub in Bakersfield, California, closed down on June 1st after being served an eviction notice by the building’s owners following a string of incidents and a shooting in the parking lot.

The Rockin’ Rodeo nightclub, once one of Bakersfields most popular entertainment venues, featured both country and rap rooms, and was well known for some rowdy incidents in recent years.

Olive Drive Partners, which owns the shopping center where the club is located, gave the club until the end of its lease, June 30th, to leave the premises. Club owner Jack McMurrough decided instead to shut down immediately, avoiding June rent.

“That’s fine and what difference does it make,” McMurrough said to KGET-17. He said the May 6th parking lot murder was not his fault, and that he would be taking his business out of Bakersfield.

Since January 2005, the city has listed exactly 100 calls to the Bakersfield Police Department regarding incidents at the club. Eight involved weapons and more than 20 were for disorderly conduct, according to the report. Other calls involved auto theft, vandalism, hit-and-runs and many assaults, both simple and aggravated. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers