Fogleman said that in another incident, an officer was pepper sprayed on what was otherwise a "quiet night" at the club.

Principio said he had spent $350,000 during an unspecified time frame on security, including $110,000 for police outside and $100,000 on security inside the club.

"Who spends that kind of money?" Principio said.

Principio said security staff used wands to check for weapons. He was at a loss to explain how someone had gotten a gun inside on Monday, Dec. 2, when a 24-year-old man was shot on the dance floor at 1:44 a.m. Police said Thursday that the case remains unsolved.

Principio surmised that the gun could have been smuggled in through a side door, which he said is now manned by a security guard.

Fogleman said that the successive weekend incidents showed a disturbing pattern. "Basically we're seeing weekend after weekend, there's going to be a fight," he said. In the instances involving pepper spray, he said the club hadn't just failed to avoid a disturbance, but had created one.

Joyce Adamski, president of the Southeastern Police District's citizen Police Community Relations Council, let out a "Yes!" when the license was revoked. She said she had regularly heard from residents of the area who complained of early-morning sirens and the police helicopter flying overhead.

"They just feel like they're held hostage with this situation," Adamski said of the club. Of the liquor board, she said, "I'm so thankful that they listened to the community."

jfenton@baltsun.com