The After Dark Teen Club is closed, and according to Canton Township Supervisor, Phil LaJoy, will not be re-opening. That is the right thing to do, and this was handled in a professional, and expeditious manner.
Three days after a shooting took place, and left a 16 year old Westland teen in the hospital, Canton Township officials took steps that shut down the After Dark Teen Club before it could open it's doors to any more activities. I applaud the open and honest manner in which Canton Township officials have handled this matter.
Canton Township Supervisor, LaJoy said that the business misrepresented the intended purpose when they filed for an operating permit. They led Canton Township to believe that this was going to be for booking banquets when filing for permits, but that is not what happened.
LaJoy indicated that an internal review will be done, and the township will evaluate what further steps they can take to ensure that business owners will be in full compliance with township ordinances.
I applaud this effort, but realistically, a municipality simply can't be, the be all, and end all, for monitoring every aspect of thousands of businesses. Did this scumbag slip through the cracks? Yes. Will Canton Township seal some of those cracks? They most certainly will. But here is the thing. Parents of the children in this place have to take some of the responsibility as well.
As a parent, I took one look at the website for the After Dark Teen Club, and I was appalled. Right there on the front page, they bragged about not needing ID if you “look” under the age of 19 years old. According to Canton Township Police, there were multiple people in that club that were at least 20 years old.
As a parent, if you look at that website, and see a Twerking Party advertised for 13 to 19 year olds, and you send your 13 or 14 year old daughter in there, well let's just say, I would never do that. In this day and age, it has never been more important to monitor where your child is hanging out, and who is hanging out with them.
As for Mr. Hussein, he claimed that he is cooperating with the township, and the police, and everyone else. Well of course he is! He is staring at multiple ordinance violations, and the penalties range from fines, and probation, to jail time. I fall on the side of jail time, and I intend to be in the courtroom to watch him be held accountable in front of a judge.
Mr. Hussein went on to claim that he was sorry it had come to this, and that he had good intentions, and he is sorry. He said he lives in the community, and he loves the community.
I don't believe him for one second. He loves one thing, and one thing only, and that is money. He loves the faces on 5, 10, and 20 dollar bills, and he had no reservations about putting your children in compromising positions in order to line his pockets with money. He had no reservations with putting children in danger, in mortal danger, in order to bring in the almighty dollar.
So now we get to another part of this story. We get to a part that has been festering in my mind. Fred Hussein is not the owner of the After Dark Teen Club from what I have been told by someone close to that business. I'm pretty sure Fred Hussein doesn't actually own the Coney Island either. He manages the Coney Island, and I'm pretty sure he simply managed the After Dark Teen Club. So who is the actual owner?
I think that there is somebody else involved in all of this, and he is actually avoiding well deserved scrutiny. My guess is, that it is the owner of the strip mall. If the owner of the Golden Gate Shopping Center is involved in all of this, and I can't confirm that he is, he needs to be held accountable as well. I will be very interested to see where the investigation into the violations lead. Mr. Hussein is cooperating with police, so I would imagine he will drop a dime on anybody else in this operation, if for no other reason, than maybe to lessen the penalties that are about to come his way. We shall see.
In the meantime, Canton Police and Canton Detectives are doing their job, and it will be a tough one to be sure. Who knows where to look? There were somewhere in the neighborhood of 800 people in that building, and they came from all over the metro area, so it is a daunting task to catch the thug who showed up with a gun, and decided to use it.
Here's hoping that the Canton Police find this thug, and have the pleasure of slapping a pair of handcuffs on this fool...
If you know anything that can help catch this shooter, please call the Canton Police Department, at 734-394-5400. You and call in an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 800-SPEAK-UP or text in a tip to CSM at 274637 There is a $1000 reward for a tip that leads to the arrest of this suspect.