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Bar shooting has neighbors worried

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WARREN, Ohio -

Neighbors and Councilman Al Novak say they heard a loud boom then gunfire erupt on Friday in their typically peaceful neighborhood on Larchmont and surrounding streets. 

Callers to Trumbull County's 911 told dispatch that someone in a white truck was seen speeding away from the University at Larchmont Tavern and Grille around 10:30 Friday night.

People there described chaos as customers and workers inside hid and others outside fled. Warren Police officers stopped drivers in white trucks in that area searching for the suspect.

On the University at Larchmont Facebook page, it states the owners will open the bar on Monday, after closing it this weekend.

That has some neighbors who didn't want to be interviewed on camera or have their names used upset.

The people told WFMJ news that the person who did this has not been arrested and they are afraid of what might happen.  

Barry Mort said, "I heard what sounded like at least 9 shots fired. I am concerned. I also have had it with loud fights by customers. I hear it upstairs all night, them cussing out there will wake you up. I even come outside and tell them, hey shut up. They tell me to go back into the house. We need a bigger police presence driving by and stopping outside there. I understand the owners have put money into the business. They expanded the parking lot and increased the business, but if the customers can't be good neighbors then it can go."

Others say the bar has been there for decades without problems, but the magnitude of this one shooting has people who live there worried. Novak said, "The area around the tavern is primarily residential and concerned neighbors pointed out the bullets could have entered a home and struck someone, or there could have been someone shot outside. A lady was outside walking her dog when this happened around 10:00 pm on Friday.  A bullet could have killed someone. That is my concern. Hopefully, police will identify and catch this person, whoever it is, this is a very dangerous person. I think we may have to look at more security especially with the size of the parking lot they have down there, and the size of their business. They do a lot of business."

Councilman Al Novak who is chairman of the police and fire committee will ask the police chief to schedule a meeting with the bar owners. Novak said, "It's not something like, well we are going to fix the windows and doors and we'll be open Monday for business. Business, as usual, has passed. This is a major problem, major issue with that amount of gunfire and explosion."

WFMJ news reached out to the owners for a comment and have not had a response yet.

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