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P.G. shuts down second dance hall

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Capital Land,Ben Giles

Prince George's County police shut down a Forestville night club on Friday afternoon, the second venue county officials have closed with a new law cracking down on dance halls.

Police closed the CFE Event Center at 5 p.m., according to spokeswoman Julie Parker. CFE was cited for operating as a dance hall without a proper dance permit.

The venue, in a deserted strip mall, is the same site where 25-year-old George Cooper was stabbed inside the club and left outside on the sidewalk bleeding to death. A nonfatal triple shooting that occurred about a mile from CFE in August also stemmed from the club, according to police officials.

CFE is the second venue police have closed under the new dance hall legislation, which was passed before the County Council's summer recess and quickly signed into law by County Executive Rushern Baker.

Police also shut down Capitol Heights' night club MSG in August after a woman was shot to death leaving the club.

The emergency bill is designed to make owners, event promoters and others responsible for security plans at dance halls more culpable for the violence occurring around them, said Councilwoman Karen Toles, D-Suitland.

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