EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSHuntington Police Plan To Take Action Against Bar At Center Of Deadly Shooting
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Reported by: Tiersa Davis
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Also Contributing: Michelle Carroll, Katelyn Sykes
Reported: Jul. 5, 2013 3:55 AM EDT
Updated: Jul. 5, 2013 10:51 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Gary's Place, the bar on 10th Avenue in Huntington where a man was murdered early Friday morning, has had its liquor license suspended by the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration. It is a 10-day suspension.
The ABCA is also conducting its own investigation into the bar.
Huntington Police plan to take action against the bar where a man was murdered, Friday morning.
Deangelo Erquhart was shot and killed inside Gary's Place after an altercation with another man, Friday.
Neighbors said this area on 10th Avenue in Huntington has become very violent recently.
"Prior to this there have been several shootings," said Jeanie Tarpley, neighbor. "People coming out right on the street and just shooting down the street and the last time they shot out car windows."
Huntington police have noticed the increase in crime too.
"Within the last six months we can say shooting incidents in the area have picked up," said Lt. John Williams, Huntington Police Department. "Some incidents in this bar have been noted in our CAD system. Response to several crimes so this is actually becoming a nuisance."
So much of a nuisance that police are planning on taking action against the bar. Whether that means shutting it down, police are weighing their options.
"We'll start with the alcohol commission," said Lt. Williams. "We'll have them review our reports of the past incidents involving this bar and the general location of the bar after hours. Take some action that way. And of course the city can step in with code enforcement which we now have an active which will really help greatly in this situation."
It's a shooting Tarpley said is unfortunate but she's not surprised that it happened so close to her home.
"It's sad but like I said it's the sign of the times," she said. "It's not just here, it's not the property owners, they're really nice people but it's just everywhere. They can't help what people do. You can't control the world."
Police are still asking any witnesses or anyone with information to give them a call.
Huntington Police have released the name of a man who was killed in a bar shooting early Friday morning.
Deangelo D. Erquhart, 23, of Huntington was killed at about 1 a.m. Friday.
Huntington Police said they responded to an area of 2000 block of 10th Avenue after a report of shots being fired. Police said they were in the process of arresting a man who was in possession of a gun when they heard gunfire inside Gary's Bar. Police said people began to flee the bar and more police arrived to the scene.
Officers said they found the victim on the floor of the bar with several gunshot wounds. Erquhart was sent to the hospital, but was pronounced dead a short time later.
Police said there are no suspects at this time. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Huntington Police at 304-696-4444.
One person died after being shot inside a Huntington bar early Friday.
The shooting happened inside Gary's Place on 10th Avenue about 1:45 a.m. Friday, Huntington Police said. The name of the victim was being withheld until all family was notified.
No arrests have been made. Keep checking wchstv.com for updates.
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