POTTSVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Gunfire outside a Schuylkill County bar leaves several people injured.
It happened shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday in Pottsville. Hours after gunfire rang out, police were still looking for answers into an early Saturday morning shooting outside Woody’s Bar and Backyard Paradise.
“During the fight, guns were pulled and rounds fired,” Lieutenant Scott Brennan of Troop L Reading said.
A Pottsville police officer arrived on the scene within minutes of the fight.
“When he pulled in, there were rounds being fired everywhere,” Brennan said.
The responding officer fired his weapon after coming face-to-face with an armed man. All total, four people were injured. Police identified three shooters, including one who was critically injured.
According to police, an argument began as multiple people were leaving. Gerald Barrow and a 25-year-old male brandished guns and began firing at each other. The 25-year-old male was struck multiple times in the torso.
Malik Stevens then attempted to use the male’s gun against Barrow. Barrow continued to return fire against Stevens. It was at this point, the Pottsville police officer arrived on scene.
The 25-year-old was flown to Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest and is in critical condition. Stevens suffered a gunshot wound to his leg and was also taken to Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest. He is in stable condition. Barrow was unharmed.
Along with the three men previously mentioned, two other men were struck during the crossfire. A 33-year-old male suffered a minor head injury from a ricocheted bullet. A 44-year-old male suffered a gunshot wound to the arm and was flown to Lehigh Valley Cedar Crest where he is in stable condition.
Charges of aggravated assault and associated charges were filed against Stevens. Charges for attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and associated charges were filed against Barrow.
“There’s some video surveillance we gotta go through and even with surveillance, it’s not as easy as you would think,” Brennan said.
Brennan says some of the shooters are from outside the area.
“Philadelphia and some other places. So how they find Pottsville, I don’t know,” Brennan said.
Neighbors who live near the tavern on Peacock Street did not want to appear on camera but tell Eyewitness News they woke up to gunshots and and ran to the back of their homes in fear of stray bullets.
“If you were involved, it probably seems like forever, but it wasn’t that long,” Brennan said.
Police say there is no threat to the community.
No one was hurt when the Pottsville police officer discharged his weapon during the bar shooting but because it was an officer-involved shooting, state police took over the investigation.
The incident is still under investigation.