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Fremont man shot during brawl at Hopyard Road nightclub

Original post made on Jan 16, 2012

Pleasanton police are investigating a shooting at Club Neo early Sunday that injured a Fremont man during a brawl and fierce fight that moved into the club's parking lot in a strip shopping center at 4825 Hopyard Rd.

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Comments (36)

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jan 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm



Posted by hmmm, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm

So somebody is shot in Pleasanton and nobody comments? But students rights are supposedly going to be violated by drug sniffing dogs and the city is up in arms. What has this city come to?

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jan 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm

who cares?

Posted by Vanessa, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 17, 2012 at 8:34 am

@hmm... that's because everyone is so jumpy when it comes to possible violation of civil rights. It's ridiculous. A man loses his life and people just look the other way. No big deal. But start trying to enforce the law and everyone starts screaming "civil liberties", blah blah blah. Not surprised.

Posted by Logical, a resident of Siena
on Jan 17, 2012 at 8:45 am

Vanessa, how did we go from 'man injured' (per the article) to '..a man loses his life'? (per your comment)?
Please people, stick to the facts and give logical opinions & input. Emotional & dramatic outbursts are of no value and a waste for everyone.
Regarding the drug dogs at school... It is a public institution. Everyone has a responsibility to abide by the law. Enforcement of law does not constitute violation. Everyone has a responsibility to also uphold law by obeying it.

Posted by Jason, a resident of Castlewood
on Jan 17, 2012 at 8:49 am

I am thinking the City may need to revoke Club Neo's permit at minimum temporarily, if not indefinitely. This was bound to happen with the sort of "clientele" this club promotes to. I guarantee less than 5% of the people who attend this club are from the Tri Valley. Welcome Oakland! Now you can try to destroy our city because your own is already a cesspool of loathsome cretins. If the City does not do something about it, the next one will be much more devastating.

Posted by Laurena, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jan 17, 2012 at 9:03 am

I absolutely agree that the city needs to HANDLE the increase of crime within our city. Auro needs to post and pay for a police officer at its door if this is the behavior that occurs in such an establishment. Also, isn't there a clause in the lease with this nightclub regarding 'anyone' carrying "hazardous material?" Also, why hasn't it been publicized that cars are being stolen over at the Safeway corporate office lot and at the Mall? Make it public so that our youth and residents who are shopping at Stoneridge are aware of the CHANGE occuring in Pleasanton.

Posted by JT, a resident of Ironwood
on Jan 17, 2012 at 9:42 am

I know for a fact that the man was simply grazed in the hip, nothing life threatening. This club has had many calls and each one has escalated in violence. You are correct that this club caters to people outside our area, specifically Oakland, Fremont and Milpitas. I understand that the man shot was from Fremont. The city needs to step up and SHUT THEM DOWN NOW!!

Vanessa, not sure but I suspect you are a HS student as it seems your concerns are a bit skewed.

Posted by Lucky, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 17, 2012 at 10:10 am

I just find it interesting (and disturbing) that so many people are upset about a Walmart Grocery moving in on Santa Rita when I don't recall a fuss when Club Neo moved in not that far down the road. I was much more concerned about this Nightclub when I saw it go in and here's the proof that the concern was founded. It's this type of business that attracts the type of people that would drink too much and stumble into the parking lot to fight and whip out their gun.

Posted by JT, a resident of Ironwood
on Jan 17, 2012 at 10:11 am

Apologies to Vanessa!! My comment was for hmmm.

Posted by Concerned Californian, a resident of Valley Trails
on Jan 17, 2012 at 11:00 am

Grand opening...grand closing. Seriously--the city needs to revoke the permit here if the club owners can't keep it from being violent. I don't get why people want to come to the Tri-Valley for "urban" atmosphere when "Oaktown" is not too far away. There are plenty of clubs that play hip hop and serve malt liquor in Oakland, aren't there?

Posted by Foolish, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 17, 2012 at 11:25 am

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as irrelevant to this thread.)

Posted by crazy mentality, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm

So, should San Francisco shut down all bars and night clubs because there is volence and ninty percent of bar patrons are not from SF?

Do you people with to put up a fence, or make Pleasanton a gated community?

Just making a point.

Posted by John P., a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm

@ crazy mentality...Pleasanton is not and never has been San Francisco. THAT is why it is called Pleasanton. Your comment is asinine. Pleasanton is the way it is because it usually does NOT have this kind of establishment here. Neo needs to go just like all the other "clubs" that have gone before it occupying the same spot in that strip mall. You can keep changing the name but remember, you can't polish a turd.

Posted by Concerned Californian, a resident of Valley Trails
on Jan 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I don't understand why some residents are cheering for Pleasanton to become the ghetto in the name of "diversity." Either they are in the poverty pimping, urban development, private security, or private school industry or they have a mental disorder.

These people should go live in Oakland, San Leandro, Hayward, or Union City for a week and see how much they like it there. And if they like it better because it's a more "diverse" community (and hopefully don't get mugged, shot, vandalized or raped) - they should move there for good and let the rest of us have our low-crime, high performing school town.

It's funny how much our liberal politicians have conditioned people to think that being called "racist" is the worse thing that can happen to them. Frankly, I'm more worried about being mugged, shot, vandalized or raped.

Posted by Peter Malloy, a resident of Birdland
on Jan 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm

@ Crazy Mentality-

Local businesses should enhance the quality of life for those living and visiting Pleasanton, and should represent the values of the city. Club Neo has contributed nothing to Pleasanton's quality of life other than create a "Thug Life" atmosphere that attracts a criminal element. Weekly, there are fights inside the club and in the parking lot, and the criminal behavior has spilled over to mobs looting mini-marts and other criminal behavior. This past weekend fighting was not enough for the patrons, and at least one person brought a GUN to a DANCE CLUB and shot a man.

I'd be willing to wager that 90% of Club Neo's patrons are not from Pleasanton nor do they care about Pleasanton or the wonderful things it offers. These people, are in all reality, unwanted guests in this city.

No one has suggested making Pleasanton a "Gated Community." We host the annual Alameda County Fair and Scottish Games to name two of many events that welcome visitors to play and enjoy our city. Our restaurants, and local comedy club and beautiful Stoneridge Mall draw thousands of annual visitors to Pleasanton.

The reason we live in Pleasanton is that living here enhances our quality of life, and we residents want to share what there is to offer. But, a club that proudly draws people who want to fight, shoot and steal and a myriad of other crimes needs to go.

Posted by DS, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jan 17, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I beleive there have been other "nightclubs" along Hopyard that had been closed down in the past due to continued neighboor pressure.

Posted by HUH?, a resident of Danbury Park
on Jan 17, 2012 at 4:48 pm

There is a night club in Pleasanton? I have been here 5 years and didn't know that...amazing.

Oh, about the guy from Fremont that was shot there...ho hum

Posted by Steve, a resident of Parkside
on Jan 17, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Concerned Californian, your post is the best explanation of why we don't need to cave into political correctness and social engineering. Great post!

Posted by Not sorry, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 18, 2012 at 5:45 am

Who opened the gates to the zoo and drove all the animals here?

Posted by Timothy T, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 18, 2012 at 8:45 am

The comments in this forum are embarrassing and reminiscent of 1930's Mississipi. I'm glad that this is not representative of many of the great people I know in Pleasanton or I'd really hate it here.

Most in this forum whine and moan about the taxes they have to pay in this city yet they go out of their way to get rid of business that generate revenue for the city.

Having a place like Nero may not be your thing but there are lots of people who like it and are glad to have it. I've never been because it's not my thing but that doesn't mean we don't need it.

And when was the last time anything happened there? Considering the amount of people that go through that place, it's a pretty low percentage of occurrences.

There are plenty of small towns in America that you can move to that are not near any urban populations and aren't friendly to "these type of people." Let me know when you move and I'll help you load the moving truck.

Posted by KcW, a resident of Valley Trails
on Jan 18, 2012 at 9:50 am

I've been a resident of Pleasanton for 42 yrs, Plesasanton has always been a very repected community. Schools are great streets and parks are safe. Its a paridise, then Bart was put in and here comes the Dirt. Its still a wonderful town and the people are genuine, the only diference is we as a comunity have to begin to take these infected clubs out of the scene. Just need to sweep the Dirt into the garbage and out of town it goes.

Posted by John P., a resident of California Reflections
on Jan 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Actually, Timothy have NO idea what you are talking about. Ever since Neo opened it has had incident after incident and they have all been violent. There was a small riot there a couple of weeks ago. On that occasion there were people jumping on cars and smashing out windows, fights inside and out, more altercations and zero respect towards bouncers and police, multiple stolen cars in the parking lot, and sideshows in the parking lot like it is Oakland. Timothy T, you must be tucked away in your nice safe little warm bed at night while all these occurrances go down at Club Neo.Next time, know what you are talking about before you post invalid information.

Posted by Been There, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2012 at 6:29 pm

It seems to a lot of people that this business has exceeded reasonable bounds of operation and the club needs to be closed down. There are people driving by this area at nightso this is generally a very dangerous situation.

Also, if you go on Yelp to check out reviews, not *one* person doing a review is a Pleasanton resident. (!) How is this serving our town? Why are we hosting people who cause trouble?

Does anyone know how you go about getting this club's permit revoked?
Which City Department issues these things?

Posted by Concerned Californian, a resident of Valley Trails
on Jan 18, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Been There,

I've contacted the city council about revoking Club Neo's conditional use permit. Jerry Thorne was the only one who responded - I guess our mayor doesn't care because she's termed out.

Please encourage all of your friends and family in town to contact the city council and demand action. Unfortunately, not too many people are going to complain, because they don't go to this club, or are unaware of it - and as long as they don't go there or park their cars nearby, they probably won't personally be affected by this club.

However, the negative consequences of this club will be the increased crime at night/overall degradation of our town, drunk drivers on Hopyard - and God forbid should someone get injured or murdered - it's a potential lawsuit against the city/law enforcement. It's also a law enforcement liability because it's an opportunity cost and city expense if law enforcement has to consistently deal with this club.

Please don't be intimidated or silenced by any residents such as the poster who insinuates those of us against this club are racist. I know of a lot of African Americans who would take great offense to being lumped in with the violent thug crowd, and who would also be insulted by insinuating that wanting a safe environment and good schools is somehow the opposite of African American values.

Posted by Anonymous, a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 18, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Unfortunately it's not surprising that this happened. Ever since that nightclub opened it's only offered broken windows and the smell of feces and vomit for gateway square. 450 people ?! Really? I find that number exaggerated a bit but if it isn't then no wonder whatever security existed couldn't handle the situation let alone the police being able to. It seems as though the club was desperate to make sales and completely ignored the safety of everyone by allowing these scumbags from less civilized demographics inside the club. They look for any excuse to provoke violence like wild packs of animals. Neo club should be held fully responsible for any damages caused from the violence and grief resulting from this. And lets not forget the loss of business and growth struggling small businesses will have to endure (on top of current events) from wary prospective customers who find out about this. I'm just glad the clubbers who had well intentions that evening didn't end up as collateral damage.

Posted by Been There, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 19, 2012 at 12:25 am

There are many of us who are picking up our kids from friends' houses late at night on the weekends or (even worse!) our kids are driving home from the movies or a girlfriends' house etc... just when these nut-jobs are arriving at this Club Neo!

Do none of us ever go out on a Friday or Saturday night and drive on Hopyard??????? I can't believe that any one of us would be complacent about someone being shot on Hopyard!!!

If people from out of town are driving into the parking lot with guns and crazy attitudes, then they are driving right along side of you with guns and crazy attitudes.

Wake Up Pleasanton and contact the City to close this place down.

Posted by Kangaroo, a resident of another community
on Jan 19, 2012 at 8:23 am

It seems to me that I made a good choice to sell our house and leave.
I've been checking the Pleasanton weekly and I can't believe what has
been going on since I left. That traffic light at las positas and Muirwood
would infuriate me if I still lived there. I'm sure that off/on ramp is coming
soon too.

Posted by Pleasanton Resident, a resident of Country Fair
on Jan 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm

A few here need to read up on Pleasanton's history.

"Plesasanton has always been a very repected community" was written by a you know how many bars were once downtown? That's a trivia question.

The only comment I have about the nightclub is that the fire department needs to make sure the owner is complying with the permit because that sounds like a lot of people inside the club to me (450).

Posted by Concerned Californian, a resident of Valley Trails
on Jan 19, 2012 at 5:49 pm

I think the last commenter is referring to Pleasanton's wild west saloon days when Joaquin Murietta was known to frequent downtown Pleasanton. Or it's underground bar network during prohibition. I bet we had a rich history of prostitution too; but Pleasanton has been known as safe and boring since the late 1980s. And as much as it's fun to watch old western movies-today's breed of thugs don't fight "honorably" with showdowns at high noon--they usually cowardly shoot people over stupid arguments, hit innocent bystanders and then evade police like the lily-livered vermin they are.

In addition to calling the city council, I would encourage folks who patronize the surrounding business at night to call code enforcement Walter Wickboldt (925) 931-5620, which is specifically supposed to handle "Visible garbage and trash" and "Businesses which disrupt neighboring properties"

If you happen to drive by there and see too long of a line - I would call the fire department and alert them to a potential violation of the maximum number of occupants.

Posted by Hey been there, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm

You have a good point but the kids aren't as innocent as you make them sound. Some kids out there driving around on fri sat nights are ALSO under the influence of intoxicated. That conversation is for a different thread but before you start calling people names, look down from your high horse because sometimes members of this community aren't any better than what comes to party at neo.

Posted by Been There, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 20, 2012 at 8:58 am

Oh- Give me a break. I know a lot of good, decent kids here who aren't driving home drunk and who ARE driving home on Hopyard around midnight.
And they're not driving around with a gun in their car.

Posted by Queen Diana, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Boy where do I Start? Basically no one really has a clue on human life, diversity, unity. I have been to club NEO, not NERO a few times. I really liked the establishment when they opened their doors as "NEO" the Nightclub. It was a promoted as a spot for people in the Tri Valley to have an hip-hop venue without having to go to the City or any other place. The crowd was comprised of Asians, Blacks, Whites, and perhaps some other nationalities. When I went on 01/07/12 the mood was alittle bit more different... there were majority African-American party goers with the other races combined being about 10% in my opinion. Eventhough I had a so/so time, I could tell that the place was going down the drain because of energy that was brought about the club. I dont think that the promoters was shooting for this intentionally, but the revenue must be through the roof. They charge $30 for women and $50 for men if you dont make the guest list. Thats why you see the long lines and I think thats why they make people wait alittle so you wont make it past the 10:00pm cut off time. I voiced my complaint as well to contact section of their site and things are still the same there. The ppl that are complaining on here should voice your complaints to the Mgt at that club and threaten them that the community will see to it that they shape up or ship out. If they get the "riff raff" out I do believe it can be an enjoyable place. FYI... riff raff comes from every race of people I hate to see the responses be so racially driven. This is 2012 people. Lets try to live our lives with a open heart and mind.

Posted by Queen Diana, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm

@ JEB BING.. It's NEO not NERO. I understand typos, but I didn't see an apology to that typo. All your're missing is the G now. If you were posting news info on a fortune 500 company and made a typo to their name I'm sure you would be back to make your corrections right? I figured.Or maybe you were ill-informed of your assignment.. who knows.

Posted by Queen Diana, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm

@ Concerned Cal... Malt Liquor? I challenge YOU to move to Oakland, Hayward, San Leandro. See if it makes you or breaks you. You need to get out of your "mental bubble" NEWS FLASH: Crime is everywhere. You can get mugged, shot, vandalized, raped in the comfort of your own home. Those types of crimes go on in the Tri Valley and the San Ramon, Danville area in contrast to homicides. Your Sh*t stanks like everyone elses. Oh one other challenge, instead of driving by like you said, I want you to get out of your car and start telling people in the line to get out your town and tell them to their faces that they are "VISIBLE GARBAGE AND TRASH" and lets see what happens. be sure to check in on this thread and share your experiences. Actually this can go for anyone here that think its a-ok to call human beings trash, scum, so on and so on.

Posted by Queen Daina, a resident of Livermore
on Feb 8, 2012 at 12:49 pm

@ Kc W ... Dirt??? Really??

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