Dispute over location of Port Allen shooting

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POSTED: Monday, October 17, 2011 - 9:17pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 12:06pm

There is no dispute about there being a shooting on Alexander Street around 11:45 Sunday night. What is in dispute  is where the shooting actually happened.

We spoke with Port Allen Police Chief Frederick Smith over the phone and he says that witnesses told the deparment it took place near the outside of Club MVP on Alexander Street.

The club's owner says that's not what happened and he can prove it, "It happened down the street, right in front of I don't know the address of Carville fruit stand they call it. The call it the fruit stand in Port Allen. So it happened down the street. That's where the police was," says Wilson Battley

There is surveillance footage from the club that night right after the shooting is said to have happened. It appears to show a cop car speeding past the club to a neighborhood business, "I feel like it's politically motivated because knowing that next week we have a big election on whether we can stay open past ten," says Battley.

What he's talking about is the October 22nd ballot measure that would limit the sale of alcohol in bars and nightclubs. He believes that the police are trying to say the shooting happened near his bar to help the propositions' chances of passing.

The Port Allen Police Chief says there is no conspiracy and his department  was just doing its job.

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