Mississauga nightclub HER, scene of spate of shootings, forced to close for 2 weeks by city

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In August, police issued a public safety alert warning potential patrons from going to HER nightclub in Mississauga. (Christopher Mulligan/CBC - image credit)
In August, police issued a public safety alert warning potential patrons from going to HER nightclub in Mississauga. (Christopher Mulligan/CBC - image credit)

A Mississauga nightclub that has been the scene of a rash of shootings has had its business licence temporarily suspended, city officials said Friday.

HER, an adult entertainment club on Eglinton Avenue East near Dixie Road, will have to cease operations for two weeks, according to Mike Foley, director of enforcement at the city.

Peel Regional Police said earlier this week that they have responded to more than two dozen calls at HER since January 2021, including for five shootings. The most recent happened last Sunday and left a man in his 20s with serious injuries.

Police had stepped up patrols around the nightclub in response to the violence. In August, they went so far as to issue a public safety alert, warning potential patrons of the "heightened risks" of going to the establishment.

In a statement, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie suggested the myriad incidents are linked to gang conflicts.

"As a city, we are doing what is within our power and jurisdiction to address the ongoing safety concerns and help keep our residents safe," Crombie said.

"Gun and gang violence has no place in our city and threatens the lives of not only those involved but the safety of innocent bystanders who may find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Police ask for help

Meanwhile. police are asking for the public's help in identifying those involved in the latest shooting, which happened last weekend.

On Sunday at around 3 a.m., officers were called to HER for a report of shots fired  They located two men in their 20s with gunshot wounds. .

One was treated on the scene for minor injuries, police say, while the other was transported to a trauma centre, where he is in stable but critical condition.

Police have released no information on suspects.

They are asking any witnesses or people with information to contact 12 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905 453–2121, ext. 1233. People can also give information anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca.