AKRON, Ohio-- When he first learned about the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub, Charley Snyder,of Akron, said he could not go back to sleep.
"The first thing that went through my mind was that could have been my bar; absolutely, that could have been any bar. I actually woke up as it was developing and never went back to sleep," said Snyder.
Snyder is the manager of the Interbelt Nite Club in Akron, a fixture in the city for almost thirty years.
The Interbelt is mostly a gay bar but owner Vernon Baker said they have a regular crowd of straight customers as well.
Snyder said the Akron club is very similar to the club in Orlando where 49 people were killed and dozens more injured in a weekend shooting. Afterwards, his customers started asking what the Interbelt could do to keep them safe.
"People were asking immediately, what were we going to do. I mean our Facebook went crazy, the messenger on there, with people asking what security changes we were going to make, what were we going to do to ensure that kind of an incident couldn't happen here or that we could prevent it as much as we could possibly do," said Snyder.
Snyder explained that the club has always had guards and cameras. Customers have been patted down to make sure they were not bringing anything into the club that is prohibited.
But as an added measure of security they are now assuring patrons that they are adding more guards from their private security service, a metal detector and the club will have an Akron police officer stationed on premesis.
"You know we have had a few people ask if they could carry in the bar and of course our instant response is no, that our security will be the only ones carrying, but mostly positive; nobody seems to mind it at all. Actually, everybody seems supportive of the decision," said Snyder.
"We always felt safe here and that was one of the key components of this bar is that it has always been a safe place for everybody," he added.