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Arrest made in connection with shooting at Highlands hookah cafe

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police arrested a man in connection with a shooting a hookah cafe in the Highlands.

Jalen Barbee-Tobin, 23, is charged with attempted murder in the shooting that left a man critically injured.

Barbee-Tobin and the victim were having an argument at the Friend's Hookah Cafe in the 1000 block of Bardstown Road about 10:30 p.m. Monday when Barbee-Tobin pulled out a gun and shot the victim, according to a police report.

The victim was taken to University of Louisville Hospital.

This is not the first shooting for this block of Bardstown Road or the Hookah Cafe.  

"Whether it's at the hookah shop or next door when it was Cahoots, I feel like the problem has just sort of lingered," said Tyler Trotter, co-owner of Holy Grale across the street from Friend's.

A 21-year-old was arrested for a shooting at the cafe in January and police raided the former Cahoots doors down a few years ago. It closed, and now new owners are trying to change the reputation.

"We as business owners need to stop this," said Janky Singh, co-owner of Club Nirvana, which replaced Cahoots.

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