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Chico Shooting at La Salles Bar

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Updated: 7/03/2011 6:54 pm
        " I'm standing there and hear the gun shots go off, look over and the guys like walking towards him, lets off seven or eight more shots, he goes down, stands over him, shoots him a couple more times", said Eric Gray, who witnessed a shooting at La Salles Saturday night. That was the terrifying turn of events that took place at La Salles just before 11 Saturday night. Home video captured on a cell phone shows La Salles staff members helping gunshot victims on the ground. police say 25-year old Shane Michael Warner opened fire on the back patio of the popular bar. Bullets struck both 22-year old Chico resident Sam Smith and a 24-year old woman who was dancing near Smith. After the shooting Warner took off running, but employees from the bar ran after him. "The suspect was detained about a block away from the bar and was taken into custody", said lieutenant Lynda Dye with the Chico Police Department. Action news spoke with an employee from the bar off camera who said Warner and another man were denied entry into the bar several times, but when when Warner tried to get in alone, he was allowed in after going through the bar's routine pat down. Witnesses say the man Warner was with then threw him the handgun over the fence of the back patio. " The guy wanted to do something to him, so obviously it was premeditated", said Gray.
     Friends of Smith say Warner and Smith had an altercation several weeks ago, and after Smith went down witnesses say Warner seemed satisfied with what he had done. " The gunman came up, fired three or four more shots into him, did a little victory dance and ran out the door", said Chico resident and witness Brad Jenkins.
     Smith was was taken to Enloe Medical Center with four gunshot wounds and was immediately taken into surgery. The 24-year old female victim was shot twice in the leg, and according to police her injuries are not life threatening. Warner is currently being held at the Butte County Jail. And for those who lived through the nightmare... " I think I'm gonna take a break for a while, it's time to stay away from the downtown scene for a little bit", said Jenkins.
     La Salles management posted a statement on the bar's facebook page, stating, quote, " The tragic occurance that took place profoundly saddened us all", and they are praying for the speedy recovery of the victims.
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SAC S LEEPER - 7/15/2011 5:59 PM
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This is just sad,I will never go to La salles again. I'm from Sacramento and I go to clubs out there and the difference is the dress code. I go in to this club and see guys with wife beaters and flip flops on. they need to class it up a bit and these problematic people will go away on there own.

S Koenig - 7/6/2011 4:00 AM
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Lasalles caters to the bad element they knew this but obviously don't care. They have had multiple problems with shootings, fights & weapons. This is an undisputable fact. Why do you think some of their bouncers wear Bullet proof vests use metal detector wands & feel the need to pat everyone down for weapons? How can these be the same guys that own Franky's & 5th Street Steak house? Guys, if you see your security needing to treat your establishment like a prison courtyard then maybe you should take notice. To say that this could've happened anywhere? Well it didn't. It happened at your place (again) & you need to take responsibility for the bad elements your place brings downtown. After all the shooter (Shane Warner, aka KALI) is a gangsta rapper. Just the type of element Lasalles promotes. Never hear of this stuff happening at the Bear or other places. Just saying. My prayers go out to any Innocent patrons who were hurt or killed due to this tragic event. But it's obvious by their security protocols that Lasalles saw something like this coming for a while now.
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