2 injured in shootings outside bars in Liberty, West Chester townships

Credit: Nick Graham

Credit: Nick Graham

Two men were shot in two days in parking lots outside Butler County bars.

Early Monday morning, a man was shot several times in the parking lot of the Out of the Way Bar and Grill, 4880 Union Center Pavilion in West Chester Twp.

Officers were called to the bar about 12:21 a.m. on a report of a person shot. The male victim was found shot several times in front of the business, according to the West Chester Police report.

A woman called 911 stating a man had been shot. The caller said she heard gunshots and a man was lying on the ground. Several vehicles left the parking lot, but there was a report of an argument before shots were fired.

The victim’s name was not released by police Monday. West Chester Twp. spokeswoman Barb Wilson said Monday that the victim was alive. There had been no arrests as of Monday afternoon.

Before that a Trotwood man was shot Saturday night during a physical altercation in the parking lot of the Draft Bar and Grille in Liberty Twp.

The incident happened about 11:08 p.m. outside the bar at 7029 Yankee Road when a security guard was involved in an altercation with the man, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office report.

Deputies were called to the bar on a report of shots fired. Eric Blackmon said he was employed by the bar as a security guard and was involved in an altercation in the parking lot. Blackmon said the man pulled out a gun and fired shots at him, according to the report.

Blackmon, who has a CCW permit, drew his firearm and fired several shots at the man. The man fled in what witnesses described a dark vehicle with the back window shot out.

The man, who suffered a gunshot wound, was located by deputies. That man, Joey Blake Brown, 30, of Westford Road, remains hospitalized in an area hospital, according to Sgt. Kim Peters.

Blackmon, 35, of Cincinnati, suffered a minor hand injury.

The incident remains under investigation and no charges have been filed as of Monday morning.

The Draft Bar and Grille was also cited Friday night after agents witnessed several patrons being served mixed drinks and beer after 10 p.m. Agents reportedly purchased a beer from bar staff at 10:15 p.m., according to a release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The state liquor board and Gov. Mike DeWine issued health orders in July that banned the sale of alcohol after 10 p.m. to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

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