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Monday, January 28 2013, 11:53 PM EST
Man Gunned Down Inside Local Bar; Police Ask For Information

UPDATE -- We're fighting back, after a man is shot dead while enjoying a night out at a neighborhood bar.  The shoot-out happened at the Nite Owl Bar on West Main in Springfield Saturday night.  Monday night, we sent ABC22 / FOX45 Reporter Liza Danver to the police and the bar to demand answers about what they're doing to clean up the area.


It was around 12 am Sunday morning that Ernest Edward, 34, was shot to death inside the bar.  Three other people were injured


“I think they should close the bar.  Point blank,” said a friend of Edward, Anthony Carter.


Families who live just a stone’s throw away from the murder scene agree with Carter.  The shooting wasn’t a surprise to them.  In fact, the violence is basically expected.


Fighting back for you, we asked the bar what it's doing to make sure the Nite Owl isn't the Coroner's next stop again.
  
The bartender said the owner was not around to comment.  But we did learn, the bar is already implementing changes, like closing at 1am.  Up until the Edward shooting, the bar stayed open until 2:30am.  The bartender also says they're going to raise the age limit to 25 years old and scan everyone with a security wand to make sure no one is carrying a gun.


We also asked police about the steps they too are taking to curb the violence.  The chief says he'll be meeting with the owner in the next two weeks to discuss mandatory steps to make the bar and the area around it, a safer place.  And if the owner doesn't raise the bar, the Nite Owl could get its liquor license revoked.


 


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SPRINGFIELD--Police continue to investigate a nightclub shooting that left one man dead and injured three others over the weekend.

Police said Ernest Edward, 34, was shot in killed in the shooting about 12 a.m. Sunday inside the Nite Owl bar.

Three others were taken to an area hospital with gunshot wounds, with what were considered to be non-life threatening injuries, Springfield Police Captain Michael Hill said.

Investigators have not released suspect names or descriptions, but believe two people may have been involved.

Police are asking anyone who was inside the bar or in the area the night of the shooting, to call the Springfield Police Department at 937-324-7716.





SPRINGFIELD -- People living in a Springfield neighborhood tell us they're terrified after four people were shot at the Nite Owl Tavern.

Springfield Police say Ernest Edward, 34, was shot and killed inside the bar and three other men were hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

The shooting happened late Saturday night after police say there was a fight inside the bar. They aren't sure what the fight was about.

Police say they do not have a suspect.

Neighbors near the bar say they live in fear by the Nite Owl.

We promised our interviews we would keep their identities hidden.

They say this shooting doesn't surprise them because nothing is being done to curb the crime.

"It goes on every weekend. They're called out here but they don't do nothing about it. They just ride by," said one neighbor.

Every neighbor we talked to said they won't go out of their house at night and say there's only one way to stop these crimes.

"I'd like to see that bar closed. Just like everybody else would like to see that bar closed."

Police say they don't have any more crime at the Nite Owl than any other bar in town and that every bar is subject to crime.

A woman walking in the side door to the bar said the owner was unavailable.

Those who know Earnest Edward say he went by Ernie or E and that he was a quiet soul who cared about everyone.

They want help finding justice for whoever did this to the man they love. Edward is a father, husband, a brother and loved his mother dearly.

If you have any information you are asked to call Springfield detectives.

Man Gunned Down Inside Local Bar; Police Ask For Information

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