SAINT JOHN – Members of the Bacchus Motorcycle Club used a moving truck this morning to clear out many of their belongings from their clubhouse on Pitt Street, as the fallout from a weekend murder near the club continues.

Constable Keith Copeland of the Saint John Police Major Crime Unit says during the investigation, a fire marshall noted electrical and structural issues with the property and that allowed police to obtain a “Do Not Occupy” order for the premises.

Copeland says police had a lengthy conversation with Bacchus members yesterday.

“(Police) provided them with copies of the fire marshall’s deficiencies that were noted, and…..what they they could do to remedy the situation,” Copeland says. “Advised them they would have to obtain building permits to do such a thing, and that we were going to do everything within our power to ensure that they didn’t return to the building and to the neighbourhood.”

Copeland says police are also hoping to apply Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) legislation to ensure the club doesn’t return.

The club’s local president Matthew Foley is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 31-year-old Michael Schimpf on Saturday.

Police recovered a handgun last night near the Courtney Bay Causeway, and it’s being sent for forensic testing.