Man shot in Robinson Hall Sunday night

Suspects fled the scene

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Students weren’t the only ones returning to London’s downtown bar scene last weekend. Gun violence was on hand as well.

London Police Service said an argument between two males in Robinson Hall, located at 398 Talbot St., escalated into a shooting when a third male intervened.

At approximately 2 a.m. Sunday morning, two males were arguing when a third male intervened and shot a 30-year-old male.

The victim was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, said Amanda Pfeffer, public information and media relations officer for LPS. The other two males involved fled the scene.

“There was a shooting right near the beer bin,” said a Robinson Hall employee who asked to remain anonymous. “The two guys knew each other and started arguing. Then [there was a shot].

“The guy who [was shot] wouldn’t tell the cops anything,” the employee said. “He basically was stating he’s going to deal with it. I was right behind the guy who got shot.

“I saw it happen so I’m not going to lie... I’m pretty shaken up over it right now. That shit just doesn’t happen at our bar.”

A former Robinson Hall employee, who also asked to remain anonymous, said the bar is normally very safe.

“Normally there is about a fight per night, which is a lot less then other bars,” he said. “We normally have one or two police officers on duty as well.

“[Robinson Hall] is one of the safest in London, with highly trained staff.”

Pfeffer said the major crime section of the LPS is continuing its investigation. Police described the suspect as a male Caucasian, approximately 22 to 27 years old, 6’1” to 6’3” with a large build, dark coloured eyes, short dark hair, clean shaven, and wearing a winter coat with a fur lined hood.

Anyone with information is asked to contact LPS at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

London Police Service is currently conducting Project Disarm, an initiative actively seeking out illegally possessed firearms.

According to Pfeffer, LPS had executed six search warrants and made 12 arrests as of midnight Jan. 11. In addition, 110 criminal charges have been laid, and four handguns and two shotguns have been seized.

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