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City Hall Bullets Not Slowing Business at Downtown Bars

It was business as usual Thursday night for the bars and nightclubs in El Paso’s Union Plaza district.

This, just days after Tuesday’s shooting of El Paso’s City Hall just blocks away.

“I really don’t think it’s affecting us too much,” said Paloma Baltier, a manager at Republic Night Club.

Baltier says Republic did have a staff meeting to talk about the stray bullets from Juarez. Other than that, there seemed to be little concern.

“We have great police that are taking care of it,” she told ABC-7. “I really don’t think we should be worrying about that stuff.”

Baltier added Union Plaza continues to see young patrons from Juarez flocking to the clubs to escape the violence across the border.

When asked if she was afraid of stray bullets, Baltier said, “not at all.”

Standing within view of city hall, club-goer Dominic Vega offered his theories on Tuesday’s gunfire.

Like Baltier, he didn’t seem too worried.

“I mean, we can’t stop (the bullets,)” he said. “We can’t live in fear.”

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