Sunday, December 30, 2012

Is Ten's Becoming the New Candy Store? (For the Record, That's Not A Good Thing) [UPDATED]

Posted By on Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 3:06 PM

If you were inside or just outside the Speedway Boulevard strip club known (for the time being) as Ten's, Tucson police want to talk to you about a shooting.

Then again, if you're a regular of that establishment at that time of night, police queries might start becoming part of the routine for your gentleman's club excursions.

A 32-year-old man was shot to death in the parking lot of Ten's Showclub early Sunday morning, the second fatal shooting there in little more than a week. The first incident on Dec. 22 had four victims, one of whom died a few days later.

With two homicides in its parking lot in eight days, Ten's could find itself in the same predicament the club formerly known as The Candy Store was in a few years ago.

The Candy Store, where the club Venom can now be found at 22nd St. and Craycroft, had two fatal shootings in its parking lot in 2009, and a few months later The Candy Store was raided by police to break up an internal drug-pushing operation.

Nothing so far about Sunday's shooting directly connects it to Ten's itself, or any activity inside the club — police say it was the typical scenario of two groups of people first jawing, then punching and then ultimately shooting at each other — but the parking lot publicity can't be good for the club.

Any suggestions for names for the club if and when it shutters and ultimately reopens as another version? Mine is the Pit Stop, fits well with the Speedway location.

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