Gunshots fired at Village bar during weekend; one injured

Officer says he assumes gun fired by customers denied earlier that night

Police assume shots directed at The Chug around 2:30 a.m. Saturday were fired by two men denied entry to the bar earlier that morning.

Muncie police officer Larry Robbins was on duty Saturday morning, dealing with an intoxicated person inside a car in the parking lot close to Dill Street Bar, when he heard the shots. Robbins heard four gun shots. Two were directed at the door and door handle, and another hit a metal framing inside the building.

"I was literally on the scene in 15 seconds," he said. "I was in the process of wrapping up the encounter with the intoxicated specimen when I ran over to the bar. I didn't see anybody. It sounded really close."

Robbins said there were about 20 people in the bar, but nobody saw the men while they shot at the building or as they left. The bouncer, Ball State University student Tyler Jenkins, was the only person injured.

Robbins said he realized Jenkins was bleeding and assumed he had been cut by flying glass or metal.

He said police assume the shots were made by two men denied entry into the bar earlier that night. The two men were so intoxicated that Jenkins would not let them enter the bar. Robbins said Jenkins encountered the men around 12:30 a.m.

"You're never going to know for sure, but it's logical to think it could be them," he said.

Robbins said these two men were at The Chug on Thursday night around midnight and were asked to leave. On Saturday morning, they never had the opportunity to step inside the building, he said.

"I'd say it was just an intimidation-type thing," he said. "There are a few instances where, for some reason, people will just want to shoot at something."

Robbins said he didn't think the shooter had any intention of harming anyone.

As of 11:30 p.m. Monday, police were unsure of the identity of the suspects. Robbins said though Jenkins had seen them before, he didn't know their names.

Robbins said the suspects face a charge of criminal recklessness. He said there will be little change in regards to police protocol in the Village.

"I don't know that we'll add units," he said. "We'll pay more attention. Any calls that come from that area, we'll make that a [priority] to investigate."


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