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D.C. shuts down the New Zanzibar Nightclub following stabbing

Updated: Jan. 9, 2015 at 7:27 p.m.

The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board shut down a second club near campus this week following a stabbing that left a man with serious injuries.

The New Zanzibar Nightclub was closed Wednesday after the ABC Board concluded that it did not have sufficient security, the Washington Post reported.

The board also found that employees of the nightclub attempted to clean blood off the floor after the incident, which involved multiple simultaneous brawls, on Saturday.

Joseph Ricardo Johnson, 35, of D.C. was arrested that night and is being charged with assault with intent to kill. The victim was taken to the hospital with three stab wounds and a punctured lung.

The closing is the second of a bar near campus following a recent stabbing. This week, Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission Chairman Patrick Kennedy said McFadden’s would not reopen after a stabbing at the Pennsylvania Avenue bar left five people seriously injured.

This post was updated to reflect the following correction:
The Hatchet incorrectly spelled the name of the nightclub. It is Zanzibar, not Zanibar. We regret this error.

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