Butler man charged in shooting at Rayburn gentlemen's club
By Tim Karan
Published: Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
A Butler man was placed in Armstrong County Jail after allegedly opening fire on the exterior of Teasers Gentlemen's Club in Rayburn early New Year's Day.
Thomas L. Shuler, 27, allegedly fired six rounds with a hand gun at the locked front door in an effort to enter the club along Clearfield Pike around 3 a.m. Tuesday.
Three men and two women, including Shuler's estranged girlfriend — a dancer at the club — were inside the building at the time, but nobody was hurt, authorities said.
According to court documents, Leah McGee, 22, of Kittanning, told police she had been in a relationship with Shuler but recently had been trying to break things off.
She said Shuler repeatedly called the club and her cell phone throughout her shift that night.
When Shuler arrived at the club, all of the individuals inside reportedly were on the second floor of the building. Shuler began walking toward the entrance when he stopped and returned to his truck for a gun.
One of the men inside recognized Shuler and locked the door when he realized Shuler was armed.
Shuler then reportedly took six shots at the door's locking mechanism with at least two bullets penetrating and striking an interior wall.
However, he did not gain entry and fled in a yellow Dodge Ram.
After the incident, Shuler allegedly again called McGee and told her he planned to “shoot everyone involved including the police who responded” and that he wanted to commit suicide by cop.
Police obtained an arrest warrant and Shuler was later taken into custody in Butler.
He has a permit to carry concealed weapons but was charged with attempted burglary, discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure, disorderly conduct and five counts each of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment.
He was placed in Armstrong County Jail on Tuesday by District Judge Samuel Goldstrohm and released later that day on $75,000 bond.
Teasers management did not return a call for comment on Wednesday afternoon.
Tim Karan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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