An Erie shooting happened outside of a neighborhood bar that has been linked to several shootings. And, in spite of efforts to prevent disturbances, some neighbors say more needs to be done.
Several neighbors that we spoke with say the business owners of the bar and grill have shown interest in their concerns, but some neighbors say that’s little solace when they fear for their safety. Prior to Sunday’s shooting outside of the 901 Sports Bar and Grill that left two women injured, the establishment at West 4th and Plum streets had been connected to several violent incidents, including the fatal shooting of 28-year-old De’Andre Carter. He was shot inside the bar in April of 2017.
Tom Hoffman, Coordinator of Bay & Harbor Neighborhood Association, says, “There’s a lot more older folks that are concerned about moving fast enough to dodge a bullet, I guess you might want to say.”
Hoffman lives nearby and he leads the organization formed last fall. He says owners and staff from the bar and grill met with neighbors last month. “My first thought was, ‘well, maybe we can get them to cooperate,’ and they want to appear to cooperate yet this stuff still goes on.”
Last year, owners added a metal detector and cameras on the inside and outside, accessible to the police.
‘V,’ Co-Owner of 901 Bar & Grill, says, “We want to make sure that everyone leaves out here and get home safely. So, with that being said, I’ll let them know that, you know, the video cameras are in process. They’re rolling.”
‘V’ says after the most recent incident, they’ll move the closing time from 3am to 2am. “We decided that we are going to close earlier to keep down a lot of the issues that have been going on.”
But, is closing early enough? Hoffman says, “The big thing would be to have it close down, and I hate to have to say that, but as you can see from everything that’s gone on; they’re a nuisance.”
‘V’ says, “We’re going to try our best to keep it up and running, and we’re going to work with the neighbors, as well; because I feel like it could be a win-win situation for everyone.”
The neighborhood association normally meets every month, but they say they will resume in September.