SJ Karaoke Club Not Zoned to Be Bar

The city opened a code enforcement complaint Tuesday for Happioke at 2114 Senter Road.

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    Damian Trujillo
    San Jose police investigate a homicide outside a karaoke bar.

    A karaoke club in San Jose where a 25-year-old Milpitas man was killed early Friday is not zoned to be a bar, according to the city manager's office.

    Spokeswoman Lenka Wright said the city filed a code enforcement complaint Tuesday against Happioke at 2114 Senter Road. The area is zoned to allow industrial use with "limited commercial support." All food-related uses are prohibited, according to the city's planning department.

    City records show that Happioke listed itself as a karaoke equipment rental facility, which would be allowed there. But San Jose planning officials say the facility has not been operating that way.

    Police arrived at the strip mall karaoke spot on Friday at 2:34 a.m. after a fight inside the club. There, they found Thai Vu of Milpitas suffering from a gunshot wound in the parking lot. Vu later died.

    Shortly after, San Jose police arrested Jimmy Ho, 18, of Fremont, Johnny Le, 19, of San Jose, and Andy Ho, 18, of Union City in connection with the homicide. They are being charged Tuesday afternoon.

    The site on Senter Road used to be home of Fair Lady, a bridal shop. The karaoke facility opened in March 2011, according to city records. Its Facebook page shows that the club is open until either 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. weekly, which would be unusual hours for a rental facility.

    The owner of the business is listed as IKaraoke Inc. and could not be reached for immediate comment. A message left at Happioke also wasn't immediately returned.

    To see an earlier report on the fatal shooting, click here.

    Contact Lisa Fernandez at 408-432-4758 or lisa.fernandez@nbcuni.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/ljfernandez.