Man shot outside club that's been site of previous violence

A man was shot early this morning outside a Kansas City club that recently opened under new ownership after city officials pressured the previous owner to shut it down because of violence.

Police said the shooting occurred around 3 a.m. outside Xpressions, 220 E. Admiral Blvd. A man was taken to an area hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, police said.

The club, formerly called NRG, was the subject of more than 100 police calls last year, mostly for complaints or disturbances. Neighbors had routinely complained about rowdy crowds and violence, including two shootings in the area.

NRG owner Del Hedgepath had agreed to sell the club by Nov. 30 but keep it open until it was sold. But after a large fight broke out in September that took more than two dozen police officers to get the situation under control, Hedgepath told police and city officials that he would close the club. It reopened in December under the name Xpressions. An advertisement for a New Year’s Eve party described the business as a “night club and ultra lounge.”

Police said the club has been a problem since it opened more than two years ago under the name NV. It closed for three months last year and reopened as NRG. In August, Hedgepath was charged with assault after a disc jockey accused Hedgepath of slapping him.