Comments on social media against popular LGBTQ nightclub FAB, in Fresno’s Tower District, have police stepping up patrol.
Police say those comments are that FAB Nightclub would be the next Pulse.
The Pulse massacre happened nearly three years ago. 49 people were killed, 53 were wounded inside the Orlando, Florida nightclub.
We spoke with Terry Story, the owner of FAB, about those concerns. He tells us with Wednesday marking the three-year anniversary of the Pulse hooting massacre, they just want everyone to be safe.
From vibrant colors and music, to dancing, all month long many are celebrating PRIDE across the globe, including here in the Valley.
“The idea of pride is to love fellow man, that we are all humans, respect each other and let’s not judge each other,” says Story.
But this weekend, Story says someone made comments on social media after he posted video of an incident that happened Friday.
One of the comments saying, “Change the name of this club to Pulse nightclub since you will share the same fate.”
“I received in my Facebook messenger that we will show up tonight, you won’t see us, but we’ll be watching you,” Story explained.
The FAB owner says he’s been in contact with the Fresno Police Department and the police say they are not taking this lightly.
“The Pulse Nightclub was a terrible event, we do not nationwide want something like that to happen again, we definitely don’t want that to happen here in the City of Fresno,” says Lt. Bill Dooley with the Fresno Police Department.
Sunday night, police stepped up patrol around FAB, making sure all feel safe.
“We want everybody in the City of Fresno to feel comfortable, doesn’t matter your race, your age, your gender, sexual orientation, whatever it might be you have the right to be comfortable here in your city,” Dooley expressed.
Club goers say the comments are disturbing, but they feel safe. “I mean Fresno Police are walking up here, protecting us, I feel confident that they’re on it,” says Nichole Mallette, a Clovis resident.
Story says they are not afraid and are standing strong, “I’m not going to let someone bring fear into my life, we’re not going to let people do this to us again, we’re going to be bold and stand strong.”
Police say they are looking into the online profiles of whomever posted the comments.
If anyone has information you are asked to call Fresno Police Department at (559) 621-7000.