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Mood lounge in Shaw temporarily closed by District Police Chief

District Police Chief Cathy Lanier ordered Mood, a lounge in the Shaw neighborhood, closed for up to 96 hours beginning at 6 p.m. Friday in the wake of the non-fatal stabbings of two men early Friday outside of the club in the 1300 block of 9th St. NW, a police spokeswoman said.

The chief’s decision came as Mood advertised its New Year events on its website. Calls requesting an interview left on the Mood business number and its email account were not immediately returned Friday and online District business license records did not show a current contact for the listed liquor licensee.

Lanier used powers in the Emergency Suspension of Liquor Licenses Act that permits closing of establishments that present an imminent danger to public safety. Her decision is subject to review by the Alcohol Beverage Control Board which can assess whether the emergency suspension should continue and whether additional security measures are needed at the lounge.

At about 1:15 a.m. Friday, two men were stabbed outside of Mood and were hospitalized, said Officer Hugh Carew, another police spokesman.

Mary Pat Flaherty works on investigative and long-range stories. Her work has won numerous national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize.

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