2003-10-30 / Front Page

ARREST FOR murder near NIGHT club

By Charles Rogers
ARREST FOR murder near NIGHT club By Charles Rogers

ARREST FOR murder near NIGHT club By Charles Rogers

Lorri’s Lounge & Bikini Bar, 8922 Avenue D, is one of a few clubs located near the troublesome, now-closed Higher & Higher Club.  Charles RogersLorri’s Lounge & Bikini Bar, 8922 Avenue D, is one of a few clubs located near the troublesome, now-closed Higher & Higher Club. Charles Rogers

Officers from the 69th Precinct Detective Squad and the Brooklyn South Homicide Squad have made an arrest in the murder of a man outside a Canarsie nightclub early last Saturday.

Lovel Seal, 25, of East 91 Street was picked up Sunday at his Brownsville home and charged with the murder of Junior Ricketts, 28, of St. Paul Road, Hempstead, Long Island outside Lorri’s Lounge & Bikini Bar, 8922 Avenue D.

"The victim had apparently been involved in a dispute with Seal earlier inside the club" said Hardy. "Sometime during the argument, Seal pulled out a handgun and allegedly shot Ricketts a number of times."

The suspect, whom Hardy said had been arrested previously on various drug-connected charges, fled in an unknown direction as witnesses called 911. When Emergency Medical Service paramedics arrived, the victim was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:25 a.m.


The notorious Higher And Higher Club on Remsen Avenue has been closed for years.The notorious Higher And Higher Club on Remsen Avenue has been closed for years.

Although the shooting took place outside the night club, Deputy Inspector Robert Johnsen, commanding officer of the 69 Precinct, said he has been keeping a "watchful eye" on bars and night clubs in the area, including the Bikini and a few others along Avenue D, for quite some time. Some are located just around the corner from the notorious Higher and Higher Club, which was eventually closed after a series of shootings in and near the club, and some are located elsewhere in Canarsie.

"Some of these clubs have received summonses for various incidents, from failing to display proper building certificates to allowing security guards to work there without proper registration," said Johnsen.

"Frankly, we don’t want some of the clubs around because of the obvious trouble they breed, such as the Saturday shooting. We would like to close them all, but, if we can’t do that legally, we’ll make sure they are all towing the mark as far as legal certification is concerned." He mentioned the Club Large on Rockaway Parkway was issued a number of summonses earlier this year and that there had been a stabbing and an assault near there last January.

"I’d rather it didn’t open, but if it complies with every law, there’s nothing we can do but watch it closely," Johnsen said.

The Higher and Higher Club at 922 Remsen Avenue was closed last year after two murders were associated with it within one year.

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