Lafayette

Oct 27, 2013 11:03 PM by Chris Welty

KARMA Stabbing Victim Speaks Out

Two people allegedly attacked at a Downtown Lafayette Nightclub are out of the hospital tonight.

Police say they received the call about 12:30 Saturday morning that the two were stabbed at Karma Nightclub. The victims drove themselves to University Medical Center in Lafayette where police were called to investigate the incident.

Every weekend hundreds of people line up to go to KARMA Nightclub. At the entrance, security selects who enters and uses a metal detector to make sure weapons don't get in.

Early Saturday morning, Damarius Dauterive was at the club. He says when someone tried pick-pocketing him, he started fighting back. Dauterive says he didn't realize he was hurt until he went to the bathroom and saw he was covered in blood. "You can't have a good time anymore. You'll leave out of there stabbed and that's not cool," said Dauterive.

We pulled numbers on incidents at KARMA and other night clubs in the area to compare. For every 100 people inside KARMA, they've had 5.5 violent crimes over the past 5 years. That's less than other clubs within walking distance who've had six and 14 crimes per 100 club goers.

"At the same time, you have to come with a good head on your shoulders, no violence on your mind and just have fun," said KARMA patron Laquinton Dejean.

The owner of KARMA declined an on camera interview but says any alleged stabbings or shootings haven't happened inside the club. He went on to say, every weekend more than 1300 people pack in because they feel it's safe.

Keith Pat says, "As long as I've got my people with me, I'm not worried."

Others just want the violence to stop. "This black on black violence needs to stop. That's not right, we should all just have fun over here," said Dejean.

Karma is already at risk of losing their liquor license after state Alcohol & Tobacco Control opened an investigation into the club after a July shooting.

Chris Welty
cwelty@katctv.com

 

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