UPDATE: Huntington Police Search for Suspect after Bar Shooting; Liquor License Suspended

By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Olivia Fecteau; WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 3/17/14 @ 11:55 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The liquor license of a bar where a shooting happened early Saturday morning in the 1200 block of 4th Avenue has temporarily been suspended.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Administration suspended the bar's liquor license for 10 days.

A man was shot in the chest, and a woman was shot in the foot inside the bar.

The man, Brandon Jennings, remains in the hospital, but he's expected to be OK.

The woman was treated and released.

Police say Jennings is not cooperating with the investigation.



UPDATE 3/15/14 @ 9:45 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police are still searching for a suspect after a shooting at a bar in Huntington early Sunday morning.

Investigators say the shooting happened just before 2:30 a.m. Sunday, as Bar 1201 was getting ready to close. They said there were about 60 people present.

Brandon Jennings, 21, of Huntington, is listed in good condition after he was shot in the chest and had to have surgery. Amanda McGinnis, 24, of Raceland, Ky., has been released from the hospital. Police say she was shot in the foot.

Huntington Police tell WSAZ.com McGinnis told officers she was on the dance floor when she heard the gunfire. She and other patrons ran outside, and she told investigators that was when she realized her foot had been shot.

“What goes through my head? I definitely don't want to go there,” Bradley Reffitt said.

Reffitt lives in Ohio but spends time in Huntington. When he walked down 4th Avenue Sunday afternoon, he asked WSAZ.com if there had been a shooting. He said it was just a guess.

“I had a friend who was a deejay here and he actually quit deejaying because of this place,” Reffitt said. “He was in here when the first shooting went down.”

That shooting happened in April 2012, back when Bar 1201 was known as Rehab. In July of 2013, a young man was stabbed outside of Rehab and badly beaten, after investigators said he tried to help someone who had been hurt in a fight.

Next door on 4th Avenue, there was a shooting at a bar called Shoops in December 2013. As of 2014, that bar is now operating under a new name.

People who work at businesses in that area told WSAZ.com they can’t remember things ever being as bad as they have been the last couple of years.

“I don't really think it should reflect the area, cause it's just a place, you know,” Reffitt said. “Bad things happen in certain places. You can't blame the area for it.”

Police tell WSAZ.com they tried to talk to some of the 60 witnesses leaving the bar after the shooting, who all said they didn’t see any fights in the dance floor area, where the shooting is believed to have happened.

Investigators say Jennings, the victim shot in the chest, is not giving them any information on who may have shot him.

The Alcohol Beverage Control Administration says it is putting Bar 1201 on a 10 day suspension after this shooting.

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UPDATE: 3/15/14 @ 8:40 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Huntington Police say two people were shot in downtown bar overnight.

The shooting took place at 2:30 Saturday morning at Bar 1201 on 4th Avenue.

Police believe the shooting happened on the dance floor and patrons fled the bar immediately after the shooting. Police say because of this, it was hard to get any witnesses and the people they did speak to had not seen any altercations on the dance floor.

Amanda McGinnis, 24, of Raceland, Ky. told police officers she was on the dance floor when she heard gunshots. Crowds fled from the bar and it wasn't until she was outside that she realized she had been shot in the foot. She was then taken to St. Mary's Medical Center.

Brandon Jennings, 21, suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and is undergoing surgery at Cabell Huntington Hospital. His injuries are not life threatening and he is expected to recover.

There is no information on the possible suspect and a weapon was not recovered. Police continue to investigate the shooting.

If you have any information on the shooting, you are asked to call the Huntington Police at 304-696-4444.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY: 3/15/14 @ 4:50 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- At least one person has been shot in downtown Huntington overnight, and there may be additional victims.

Cabell County Dispatchers say it happened sometime after 2 this morning at Bar 1201 on 4th Avenue in Huntington. WSAZ.com has learned a woman was shot in the foot. She was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center.

Shortly after the shooting, dispatchers say a man was dropped off at Cabell Huntington Hospital's Emergency Room with a gunshot wound to the chest. Dispatchers say police are still working to figure out if that's connected to the bar shooting. There's still no word on any suspects, or what may have led to the shooting.

We'll continue to follow this story, and will bring you more details as they become available.


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