More Patrols Downtown After Rio Night Club ShootingPosted: Updated:
More patrols in downtown Watertown Saturday night in light of the shooting at Rio Nightclub that left five people injured.
"We're going to deal with it swiftly and abruptly and go from there," said Watertown Mayor Joe Butler.
While Watertown Police were able to respond quickly to the incident at the Rio Nightclub, Butler is appreciative of the extra patrols from other agencies.
"Support from the State Police as well as the drug task force to make sure that this doesn't happen again tonight," said Butler.
"I'm very pleased with the fact that the police department did make an arrest and I think that people should be relieved to know that this person is off the street," said Watertown City Council Member Lisa Ruggiero.
Council members said they don't this incident to put a negative stamp on the city's nightlife. City council members Cody Horbacz and Ryan Henry-Wilkinson both said they don't want this incident to define downtown.
"Absolutely not a representation of what Watertown is," said Horbacz. "Watertown is an awesome community. Great people."
"I could understand why people might be afraid when a piece of that comes home, but I don't want people to think that this is indicative of Watertown or indicative of what the north country is all about," said Henry-Wilkinson.
While we're told Club Rio is closed Saturday night, Butler said it's too early to know what happens to the club's future...
"We're prepared to do what's necessary if that's a haven for crime and drug related activities, certainly we'll do everything in our power to make sure that doesn't happen there," said Butler