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SOUTH FULTON, Ga. — Police and city leaders say enough is enough, it’s time to take action.

Tuesday, the City of South Fulton took action and shut the doors to Bodega Fish, Chicken and Shrimp restaurant on Old National Highway after what the city says is a long list of problems with crime.

Police locked the doors to the restaurant, and on Dec. 8, there’s a hearing on whether or not to revoke Bodega’s business license.

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South Fulton Police Chief Keith Meadows told Channel 2′s Tyisha Fernandes he’s done letting outsiders come to his city and commit crimes.

“A majority of the individuals we’ve arrested have been from outside the city,” Meadows said.

Meadows says his officers have been out to the restaurant too many times. He says last weekend someone was shot and killed inside the restaurant. He also added employees confessed to selling drugs there and evidence of a potential sex trafficking ring working out of the Old National Highway business.

“We will not tolerate this stuff anymore. It’s over. Today begins new National with the same heart of old National,” said Mayor Bill Edwards.

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City leaders say they’ve received tips about other businesses breaking laws as well.

“We’re trying to work with them. He’s working with them to hold up and say stop,” said Mayor Edwards.

Fernandes tried getting in touch with Bodega’s owner and his attorney but they did not get back with her. She says police haven’t been able to get in touch with them either.

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