WARREN TOWNSHIP - Family members of a man killed a week ago in a confrontation with police are being sought for questioning in shootings early Saturday that left another man wounded, police said.
Warren Township police Chief Don Bishop said police are searching for Thomas Walker and Tashawn Walker of Warren in connection with a fight and shooting at the J&L Lounge, 1957 Highland Ave. S.W.
Tashawn is the brother of Taemarr Walker, 24, who was shot to death Oct. 19 in a confrontation with Warren Police near Risher and Palmyra roads S.W. Thomas reportedly is their father, Bishop said.
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Police said patrons at J&L Lounge in Warren Township were involved in a fight in the bar early Saturday and shots were fired outside.
Bishop said a private party was being held at the J&L Lounge when two men accused the people of celebrating Taemarr Walker's death.
A fight began inside the bar involving a 25-year-old man. The fight pushed out a side door and into the parking lot, where shots were fired, Bishop said. The shooters and others involved took off toward West Market Street into the city, Bishop said.
Police were called to the bar at about 12:30 a.m., he said.
''Warren city and Lordstown went to back us up,'' Bishop said.
Police found six .45-caliber casings in the parking lot Saturday morning, but did not find where any of the shots struck the building, he said.
''We're still waiting for word from the bar owner if they're video was working,'' he said. ''We're still trying to piece together what happened. We're in the early stages.''
He did not release details on the victim or his injuries.
Police have been on high alert against retaliation shootings since Taemarr Walker's death, Bishop said. J&L Lounge was one of the places rumored to be hit.
''We had intel that this might happen. They were asked to close up,'' Bishop said. ''I had called them yesterday based on information I received that J&L and another bar were targets.
''But evidentally, they had a private party in there that we were unaware of,'' Bishop said. "They should know there is no such thing as a private party when you are operating an establishment with a liquor license."
J&L Lounge was open Saturday evening when a Tribune Chronicle reporter was admitted to the establishment. Four of five people in the bar declined to comment on the shooting. A man inside said simply he was not there at the time of the shooting.
Bishop said shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday he went to the bar and advised the customers to go elsewhere and the bar to close for the night.
He declined to name a bar that he said had been targeted in Warren.
City officials did not return calls from the Tribune Chronicle on Friday in which they were questioned whether the city was on high alert.
"We are on high alert. We have been since last week,'' Bishop said. ''It's Saturday and I'm here (at the office). What does that tell you?''