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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

SOMA Club 330 Ritch Closes After Weekend Shooting

Posted By on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 11:12 AM

click to enlarge 330 Ritch has closed after an early morning shooting inside and around the club.
  • 330 Ritch has closed after an early morning shooting inside and around the club.

330 Ritch, a SOMA nightclub that often hosted live hip-hop shows and DJs, closed indefinitely yesterday after three people were shot in and around the club early Sunday morning.

The shooting victims -- two men in their 20s and one man in his 30s -- are expected to live, according to the SF Examiner. But the Ritch Street club, which is tucked away in an alley between Brannan and Townsend streets, surrendered its entertainment permit to the city on Monday, meaning it will no longer operate.

The shootings stemmed from an argument that broke out around 1:30 a.m. Sunday in the club, where DJ Kleptic and DJ Mario E were set to perform. Shots were fired indoors, then the argument moved out into the street, according to police. One man was shot inside the club, one outside, and another about half a block away in a parking lot. Police have released no information about a suspect.

While the closure appears to come as good news to at least one of the club's neighbors -- who told the Examiner it was "only a matter of time" before 330 Ritch ceased operations -- it may be a blow to the city's struggling hip-hop scene.

The SOMA club was one of only a handful of city venues that booked smaller live rap shows and, to a lesser extent, sets by local hip-hop DJs. The club's party roster included monthly events like "Nineteen Ninety-Now" and "Block Party." In the last year, it held shows by notable local rappers IamSu!, DaVinci, and Richie Cunning. Where those kinds of events will move now -- if anywhere in the city -- is unclear.

-- @iPORT

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