Neighbors shaken by shooting outside Jeannette bar

| Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

A shooting outside a Jeannette bar early Wednesday morning left one young man wounded and has neighbors shaken.

The shooting occurred just after midnight in front of QT's Tavern at 1200 Penn Ave., city police Chief Brad Shepler said.

Chad Foster, 18, of Jeannette was among a group of people standing outside the bar when someone pulled up in a vehicle and fired several shots.

Foster was struck in the shoulder and was taken by private vehicle to Excela Westmoreland Hospital for treatment, Shepler said. His wound is not considered life-threatening.

Shepler said police have no suspects.

“It's hard to get information about these things,” he said, adding anyone with knowledge about the shooting should call Jeannette police.

Two neighbors said they are so concerned for their safety they are looking to move out of the neighborhood.

Michelle Johnson said the shooting left bullet holes in the tavern building and a neighboring home.

She was sitting on the porch of her apartment building with friend and upstairs neighbor Nicole Ickes when the shots rang out.

“There was a bunch of kids around this car, just dancing, listening to music,” said Johnson, 34. “We heard 15 to 20 rounds, just tap, tap, tap, and everybody started running. We ran in my house. We were scared ... because we're only about 25 feet from the front of the bar.”

Johnson, who lives with her mother and 14-year-old daughter, and Ickes, 26, who has a 3 12-month-old daughter at home, both said they are looking to move.

They said there have been several fights and shots fired outside the bar in the past few months.

“I personally think Jeannette would do better without QT's right there because there's all kinds of little kids that run around, and that would be a tragedy if something happened to one of them,” Ickes said.

But Leslie Sisti, who said she runs the bar in the evenings for her father, the owner, said the shooting had nothing to do with the tavern.

“That was all outside my place. The bar was not involved,” Sisti said. “They were not in the bar. They had never come in the bar.”

She said any problems at the bar are handled within the business.

“We never make 911 calls,” she said. “I am not a nuisance bar. ... Jeannette's a small community and already I'm taking the rap for (the shooting) because it happened outside my place.”

Shepler said he could not blame the tavern for the shooting, but he said there have been other recent calls about shots fired in that area. The police chief said some of those calls could have been related to fireworks being set off.

He said police have fielded “numerous calls” for fights and other disturbances at the bar, and he is looking into getting QT's shut down as a nuisance bar.

“That's something we're going to talk about,” Shepler said.

Jennifer Reeger is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6155.

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