City inspectors posted a cease and desist order on a new Salem St. barbershop this week, after an revealed the business was operating without an occupancy permit.
Malden Police Detective Lt. Marc Gatcomb said neighbors complained to police about late night disturbances at Da Spot barber shop at 287 Salem St. - including loud music reportedly as late as 10:30 p.m. - during an investigation into the incident, which injured an Everett man.
He confirmed patrons at the shop were involved Friday's shooting, but said the city's cease-and-desist order did not suggest the barbershop or it's owners were involved.
“During the course of the investigation we learned that some neighbors were unhappy with it being there,” Gatcomb said. “It's part of what we do (in an investigation) – we'll ask the city, 'well, are they supposed to be open this late?'”
Attempts to contact the owners of the business were unsuccessful Wednesday. No one answered the door at the closed barbershop Wednesday afternoon, and it appeared a large storefront sign had been removed from above the shop.
While the business can't operate while the order remains in affect, the owner may apply for an occupancy permit in person at city hall.
Mayor Gary Christenson said that the move was part of a proactive initiative by his administration to tackle 'problem properties, noting he personally chairs the city's “Problem Properties Unit.
“This is one of the most powerful tools in keeping the city moving forward,” he said.
No other violations were found in nearby businesses, Christenson said.