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Karma club has past sanctions for violence

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Providence officials have temporarily shut a city nightclub after a shooting that critically injured two Massachusetts men.

The Providence Journal reports that the Board of Licensing on Saturday temporarily ordered the Karma nightclub closed, hours after the shooting.

Police Maj. Thomas Anthony Verdi asked that Karma’s license be suspended. He says police don’t know why the two men were shot, who shot them or what retaliation might result.

The victims were identified as 24-year-old Kenneth E. Leslie of Chelsea, Mass., and 26-year-old Rodney Hoskins of Mattapan, Mass. Verdi said they have arrest records for weapons and other felonies.

Both were listed in critical but stable condition.

A hearing is set for Monday to determine the fate of the nightclub, which has been sanctioned for other violent episodes in the past few years.