Sunday, November 9, 2003

1 killed, 1 hurt in bar shooting

Leads to fight at hospital in Montgomery; 5 arrested

By Dan Klepal
The Cincinnati Enquirer

SPRINGDALE - A shooting early Saturday morning outside Checkers Bar in the Hampshire House Hotel left one man dead and another wounded, and sparked a fight at a Montgomery hospital.

Police say about 400 people were in the bar on Tri-County Parkway about 2 a.m. when shots were fired outside.

Edmund Scott, 22, of Golf Manor was killed. Trunnel Harrell, 25, was shot in the buttocks and is listed in good condition, authorities said. He will be released into police custody, said Tri-Health spokesman Joe Kelley.

The bar violence spread to Bethesda North Hospital in Montgomery, where a fight erupted among about 18 people in the emergency room lobby.

"Associates of these two gentlemen followed the ambulance to the hospital and went into the emergency room waiting area, where comments were made and they became unruly," Kelley said.

Police used stun guns to end the fighting in the hospital before arresting five people. They were charged with disorderly conduct.

Montgomery Police Chief Kirk Nordbloom said police arrested people whom they saw throw punches.

"There probably should have been more arrested, but it was just a matter of us not being able to take that many people into custody," Nordbloom said.

Police guarded Harrell when he was transferred from the ER to a private room.

"We got the fight under control, and basically when we found out that the one individual passed away, things got tense again," Nordbloom said.

"They were obviously upset, and other people were still trying to get into the waiting area. We definitely had to stand by with a large show of force at the door."

Six police agencies sent officers to the hospital to help control the fight.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Springdale Police Department at 346-5760, or Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.


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