BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The City of Buffalo issued a cease and desist order shutting down the popular Habibi Sheesha Hookah lounge on Elmwood Avenue Monday.
Mayor Byron Brown cited a recent incident which happened Saturday as cause to shut the business. Police responded to a call of shots fired.
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Witnesses say a series of gunshots rang out, striking cars and houses. Starting at 7:00 p.m. that night the Habibi bar had an event with a rapper called Lil Herb.
Brown said businesses that foster such behavior or disorderly conduct will be shut down. Other businesses in the area have been closed down due to disorderly conduct also.
Mango’z was recently shut down on Forest Avenue after an incident outside that bar.
The City of Buffalo was under some pressure by the Elmwood Village Association. They issued a statement earlier saying they were working with Buffalo Police and the City of Buffalo to find whomever was responsible and keep the prospering neighborhood safe.
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Business owners nearby say they saw people coming out of the smoke lounge just before shots rang out, but the owner of Habibi Sheesha denied any activity at his business.