Neighbors expressed concerns about Hookah Lounge before murder

Neighbor's share concern about hookah lounge

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, MICH. (WZZM) - Neighbors say they've expressed concerns about the Hookah Lounge before there was a murder in the parking lot on Sunday morning. 

People living near the business say they've frequently called police because of loud arguing outside during the early morning hours.

On Thursday night, a group of them took their concerns about the lounge on Butternut Drive to the Holland Township board of trustees.

We also talked to a woman who says she witnessed key moments the morning of the murder. 

"When I heard the shots rang out, I called 911," says neighbor, Kelly Tatlock. 

Tatlock says she was looking out her bedroom window when she heard and saw a man across the street.

"I could actually hear moaning," says Tatlock. "He had either been shot or severely injured."

Then she described what the man did next.

"They lifted this rock up and put a gun underneath this rock," says Tatlock. 

Meanwhile, we're now uncovering neighborhood concerns about what's been happening outside the Hookah Lounge for months.

"Loud music, fights, yelling," says Tatlock.

"We deal with a lot of noise late at night, three and four in the morning," says neighbor, Melissa Martin.

"I have been calling the police every Friday or Saturday," says Tatlock.

On Sunday morning, 22 year-old Anthony Lamb was gunned down in the parking lot.   Police have three people in custody related to the case, but they have not named a murder suspect yet.

About a dozen residents took their concerns to a Holland Township public meeting Thursday night.

The township manager told us he did not want to do an on-camera interview. However, off-camera he says he's been aware of concerns about the Hookah Lounge, like noise and littering for months. He says next week he plans to set up a meeting with the sheriff's department and the business owner to try to change the behavior there.

"I would like to see them gone, ever since they've been here it's been nothing but problems," says Martin.

Investigators say they are stepping up patrols in the area.

"We'll continue to provide some extra eyes, extra patrols, in that area during the times that these problems are perceived to have happened," says Captain Mark Bennett with the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department. 

"I don't want this to ever happen again, I don't want to ever go through this again, but I just think if nothing is done it will happen again," says Tatlock. 

Neighbors say they also have safety concerns about a vigil scheduled at the Hookah Lounge on Saturday night.  

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department says they will have extra patrols in the area during that time.

We called someone through the Hookah Lounge Facebook page.  However, the person who answered our call, would not identify themselves or comment on the case or neighbor concerns. 


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