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UPDATE: Warren Police investigate New Year's homicide


WARREN, Ohio - Warren's first homicide of the New Year came just two hours after midnight.

Shots were fired inside the Sunset Lounge on East Market Street in Warren.

When Warren police arrived they found Cory Blackwell, 25, bleeding from a gunshot wound. He later died from his injuries at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

Witnesses told police that shots were fired into the air near the bar's dance floor.

Police have not named any suspects nor have they determined a motive.

One nearby resident, Loryn Baldwin, says the sirens she heard Tuesday morning are commonplace in her neighborhood. "It's kind of scary to think that you know, a couple months ago there were shots across the street and now there's some here at the bar, but it's pretty close to home. Hopefully it doesn't get much closer."

City leaders have already tried to close the sunset lounge saying police have received many calls for service due to fights and other disturbances there in 2012.

Their plan was to take the bar owners to court and take away their liquor license. But scheduling conflicts pushed the court date a couple weeks too late.

Councilman Greg Bartholomew says, "We did have a trial date set up for them but our representation had to postpone it. Then we had a date in December, but their attorney had to postpone it. So we hadn't had a date set but it was coming in next couple of weeks."

Bartholomew says the city will now try to get a nuisance charge set against the bar by the end of the week which would effectively shut down the Sunset Lounge for 365 days.

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