Magic City owner cited for city, fire code violations

The proprietor of a teen club connected with a fatal shooting was cited for several city and fire code violations Wednesday, a city official said.

Patrick Walton, the owner of the Mike Padgett Highway business, Magic City, will have to appear in Richmond County Magistrate Court next month to answer to the charges, said Rob Sherman, with Augusta’s Planning and Development Department.

Sherman said Walton was cited for violating several city ordinances for dance halls, teen clubs and curfews, in addition to failing to provide proper security for the Sunday night event at Magic City that police say ended with gunfire in the parking lot early Monday.

A 16-year-old passenger in a car leaving the parking lot was fatally wounded by one of the gunshots, police said. Kyle Royal died after a bullet hit him in the head. Police found him in the back seat after the vehicle crashed into a utility pole at the nearby Lumpkin Road intersection. A 19-year-old was shot in the leg while in the club’s parking lot, police said.

Sgt. Richard Elim said the sheriff’s office investigation was ongoing and no charges had been filed as of Wednesday.

Walton’s business license and occupancy permits were revoked in December after officials determined he was operating with an inappropriate license for the size and type of events that went on there, officials said.

Sherman said Walton was also cited for violating fire codes that regulate building occupancy but did not have details Wednesday evening. Attempts to reach fire officials were unsuccessful.

Sherman also said Walton had asked whether he could use the Magic City property for his used car business.

“He can’t occupy the building,” Sherman said. “If he wants to sell used cars there, he will have to apply for a business license and pass a fire department inspection before it can be issued.”

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