Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan has declared a state of emergency after recent gun violence.

The city is also ordering the closure of Cafe Hollywood on Lark Street after a number of police calls.

That order was signed late Friday, with Mayor Sheehan noting a 22% increase in the number of shots fired incidents in the past 28 days compared to the same time last year.

It also follows a shooting earlier in the morning on Willett Street near Hudson Avenue that Albany Police say is believed to be connected to Cafe Hollywood.

Under the mayor's emergency order, the city does not have to hold a public hearing before closing the restaurant.

Police Chief Eric Hawkins declared the establishment a public nuisance and says he's using his authority to order the immediate and indefinite closure of the restaurant.

The owner of Café Hollywood says his business had no connection to the shooting and says he takes all precautions to keep patrons safe.

"I think that the neighborhood is not used to the fact that all of a sudden there's people now out on the street, so we get a little bit more complaints," Collin Rost, Cafe Hollywood owner, said. "But, at the end of the day, we are running a safe business, and we absolutely have all the staff we need in place to make sure that we are doing a great job." 

Sheehan released a statement saying, "Whether it is someone possessing an illegal gun, or an establishment harboring those who do, we have an obligation to act in order to prevent imminent and immediate harm to our residents, including shutting down those very establishments."

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