YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Youngstown police are investigating a fatal shooting that happened at the Southern Tavern Monday night.
Youngstown Police Captain Brad Blackburn said one person was killed and five others were wounded in the shooting.
A call to 9-1-1 was made just before 11 p.m. Monday, reporting that multiple people were shot outside the Southern Tavern at 1508 Glenwood Avenue.
Witnesses told police someone ran up to a group on the side-walk outside the bar and exchanged gunfire with a person in the group. Shell casings were seen on the road and sidewalks near the bar.
Ambulances and emergency crews rushed to the scene. It was a volatile situation as a bystander began screaming at police to shut the bar down, saying there had been too many shootings in the area. That man was escorted away by another person on the sidewalk.
Capt. Blackburn believes this will be solved quickly because of who is involved and how it may be linked to another recent fatal shooting.
“We’re looking into an incident that occurred over the weekend,” Blackburn said.
Thomas Owens, 33, was sitting in a car along West Myrtle Ave. with two others just after midnight Saturday morning when another car pulled up and shots were fired. Police said Owens was the only one shot and was hit several times. Police have not made any arrests in that case.
This is not the first time police have responded to the Southern Tavern. Just two months ago, police arrested the tavern owner for waving a gun in a customer’s face.
Police say a man assaulted his girlfriend inside the bar last year and then crashed his car at Midlothian Boulevard and Glenwood Avenue. He was charged with assault and drunk driving.
In December 2000, managers ejected two men from the bar. Police said one of them, Billy O. McGeorge, shot the other man twice in the parking lot. Police charged McGeorge with attempted murder.