Police respond to shots fired at Evansville bar

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Published: May. 1, 2022 at 11:34 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Evansville Police Department says officers were sent to the parking lot outside Franklin Street Tavern on Saturday morning in response to a shots fired call.

Police say they found multiple shell casings outside the bar.

According to a report, a group of men had just been kicked out of the bar.

EPD officials say they got into a white or tan Mercury Milan and left the area at a high rate of speed and headed eastbound on Illinois Street. No injuries were reported.

Officials say, early Friday morning someone shot a man in the abdomen outside of Bud’s Rockin’ Country Bar and Grill.

Local resident, Shane Todd, says police already patrol the area, so he’s not sure why violence is still a problem.

“I don’t go in these bars. I stay out of bars, but, it’s not my scene, but I wouldn’t know what else to do, besides more security,” says Todd.

EPD Public Information Officer Sergeant Anna Gray says police have been looking for ways to prevent this kind of crime.

“We’re going to be throwing some more resources at that area, I mean obviously we want people to go and have a good time. You know, COVID kind of kept everybody in so people want to get out and have a good time,” says Sgt. Gray, “and we’re all about that, but we also need to have people feel safe.”

Sgt. Gray says they’ve been working on possible solutions, which include throwing a few of their neighborhood surveillance trucks, also called “Guardians”, on Franklin Street, or beefing up the police presence when those later hours hit.

Neighbor’s said that they just want to keep their families safe.

“We can get a bullet coming in our house at any time you know? And, uh, I mean I hope to God that it don’t never happen, but that’s all you can do,” says Todd.

“These are happening after, again, you know, 2 a.m., 2:30 a.m., when most everybody has left,” says Sgt. Gray.

Sgt. Gray says they’ve got the times and locations down, and now they can make a plan for how to curb the crime in the area.

No word as of yet for when, but Sgt. Gray says EPD will be meeting soon to discuss their preferred plan of action.

Sgt. Gray says that it’s that time of the year. It’s getting warmer, and tempers may have a tendency to flare up.

She says that she and EPD just wants everybody to be safe and have a good time.

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