Although no injuries were reported in Sunday's early morning shooting at The Q, owner Justin Lindell is determined to keep the sports bar and nightclub a safe venue for patrons.
"This was not the direction we wanted to go in," said Lindell, in regards to the shooting. "(We don't want to turn people away) because of a few bad apples."
Lindell, who was at the bar during the incident, described how an argument broke out between four men Sunday at approximately midnight. As the group went outside, one of the men started chasing two others with a gun, firing three shots at them as they stood in the area of West Second and Cherry streets.
An officer is shown examining the outside of The Q, the site of a recent shooting incident, on Monday.
P-J photo by John Whittaker
According to the Jamestown Police Department, the shooter is alleged to be a black male, about 6 feet tall, weighing 180 pounds and in his early to mid-20s.
While unsure about the nature of the argument, Lindell said the men have been involved in criminal mischief around the city before. In fact, Lindell believes one of their friends was involved in the 2011 shooting incident at the bar, in which a man allegedly shot a handgun into the air.
"We are working with law enforcement to change things (around here)," Lindell said.
Lindell has employed a number of safety measures that will become effective Friday, including a tighter dress code, different styles of music played and security wands and pat downs at the door.
Security cameras and a "banned list," which shows the names of people kicked out of venues for disorderly conduct, will also be employed.
"This is the direction we want to go in," Lindell said.
The police investigation for the identity of the shooter is still ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jamestown Police Department or they can leave an anonymous tip on the department's tip line at 483-TIPS (8477). All calls will be kept confidential.