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Weekend shooting outside bar prompts it to close earlier from now on

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) -- Fort Wayne police are still searching for at least a dozen people who witnessed a shooting near a popular downtown bar early Sunday morning.

That shooting is prompting the bar's owner to make some drastic changes.

"From now on, midnight we're going to be closing," Pedal City co-owner Aja Ford said.

Pedal City on West Main Street used to be open until three in the morning on weekends, but the past few weekends had closed at one.

Ford says it will now be midnight because of issues with patrons and people outside.

She says the problem, though, is not just on West Main.

The bar's owner says other establishments have curtailed their hours because of people's misbehavior.

"A lot of people in downtown area have had to cut back on, slow down the bar hours later at night because of issues with the area," Ford said.

Fort Wayne police say early Sunday morning an argument at Pedal City moved to the nearby intersection of Main and Center Streets, where a man was shot and in life-threatening condition at the hospital.

Ford says the victim had previously been banned from the bar, and that his shooting prompted the decision to close early, seven days a week.

"It's going to hurt us but it's not about us, it's about the community. We want our employees to be safe, we want people in the community to be safe. And these issues are going to keep happening either way. We just don't want it happening near us," she said.

"There are people that were present directly in the vicinity of the shooting," Capt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena of the FWPD said.

Fort Wayne Police Captain Sofia Rosales-Scatena says investigators are looking for more than a dozen witnesses.

"About 12 to 15 individuals that we know probably have some type of information that we would probably need for this investigation, so we are asking them to come forward. Everybody left after the shooting. There weren't a lot of people left around to talk to investigators once they got there," she said.

Detectives are going door to door in the area to try to get information or people's security video to help them track down the shooter.

Ford says her bar will close at midnight until further notice.

If you know anything about the shooting or what led to it, you can submit anonymous tips two ways: You can call Crime Stoppers at 436-7867 or you can download the P3 app on your phone and submit what you know that way.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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