Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan has refused to grant a permanent alcohol permit to the owners of the Hush Lounge, an Olde Towne bar where, under a previous name and ownership, a December shooting left two people dead and six others wounded.
Tammany Napoli purchased the bar — formerly called Shooters Social Club — in March, and she told Drennan she had no knowledge of the December shooting, according to a news release from Drennan’s office.
Napoli and her stepbrother operated the Hush Lounge under a temporary alcohol permit while they applied for a permanent permit.
During a June 24 hearing before Drennan, however, Slidell Police Detective Luke Irwin said two people had been arrested at the Hush Lounge in May for selling drugs and five bar employees had been cited for selling alcohol to minors, the release said.
Further, Napoli and her stepbrother were operating the bar despite the stepbrother’s status as a convicted felon, which prohibits him from operating a bar, the release said.
Napoli originally was denied a permit by the city’s permitting department, but she appealed the decision to Drennan. According to the release, she acknowledged making some mistakes but asked to be given a second chance.
The bar has been closed since the June 24 hearing.
The bar was the scene of an argument that spilled out into the street in the early morning hours of Dec. 26. When it was over, 22-year-old Errol Scott and 23-year-old Mark Womack were dead and six others were wounded. Two days later, police arrested 22-year-old Jamieon Chatman, of Covington, at a home in Vermillion Parish.
In March, a St. Tammany Parish grand jury indicted Chatman on two counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted first-degree murder.
Four other suspects have been arrested for allegedly helping Chatman elude police after the shooting.