An announcement that Oxygen Bar in Rocky Point will be shut down is expected to be made at a 2 p.m. press conference at the bar Monday, according to Town spokesman Jack Krieger.
Expected to attend the press conference are Town Supervisor Mark Lesko, Councilwoman Jane Bonner and County Legislator Sarah Anker
A letter from State Sen. Kenneth P. LaValle sent to the New York State Liquor Authority stated:
"This particular nightclub is no stranger to controversy and violence. In early 2010, when the establishment was known as The Edge, a club patron was stabbed three times during an altercation. In August 2009 the club and its owners planned a wet T-shirt contest and Jell-O wrestling match. The event was cancelled after community protest.
"I know the the New York Liquor State Authority works diligently to ensure the residents of New York are protected and ask the Authority to review the status of the Oxygen Bar’s license as it relates to the safety of its patrons."
Patch will have more details from the press conference at 2 p.m. The announcement comes on the heels of a shooting early Saturday morning:
Suffolk County Police responded to a 911 call of shots being fired at Oxygen Bar night club in Rocky Point at 3:31 a.m. Saturday to find three women with gunshot wounds.
The women were transported to in a Rocky Point ambulance, Suffolk Police said. One man suffered a gunshot wound and was taken by a friend to before the police arrived.
Two of the women were shot in the leg and the third was shot in the foot. The man suffered a gunshot wound to his leg and was also grazed by a bullet in his torso, police said.
"No arrests have been made," said Seventh Precinct Detective Sgt. John Best. "There was a disturbance inside the bar and it was only one shooter. No injuries are life threatening. Two of the female victims were admitted to Stony Brook and two were discharged."
The night club, formerly known as The Edge but renamed to Oxygen Bar in late 2010, has a past history of incidents. On March 20, 2010, a victim was stabbed three times in an early Saturday morning altercation at the club. Police were also called for a fight at the club last February.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the shooting should contact Seventh Squad detectives at 631-852-8752 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.