Police investigating shooting

My Bar, located at the corner of Main and Fourth streets in Wellsville, was the scene of a shooting Friday night. (Photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)

WELLSVILLE — A man is recovering in a Pittsburgh hospital after being shot Friday night while inside a village bar with the shooter still at large.

According to Lt. Marsha Eisenhart, Jerrell Jeter, 31, whose last known address was Baum Street, East Liverpool, was shot once in the back during an altercation at 10:30 p.m. at My Bar on Main Street.

Responding to a call of shots fired at the area of Fourth Street and Riverside, police found Jeter was gone, having been transported to East Liverpool City Hospital in a private vehicle. He was later flown to UPMC in Pittsburgh, where Eisenhart said Monday he remains in stable condition after surgery.

Officers determined shots were fired both inside and outside the bar, but the people responsible were also not at the scene. Village firefighters brought a truck to the scene to spotlight the area so police officers could collect evidence.

Asked if Jeter was returning fire as he was being shot at, Eisenhart said no weapons were found at the scene.

East Liverpool K-9 officer Chad Tatgenhorst was commended for quickly responding to the scene, with Eisenhart saying, “He came down to back our guys up and we didn’t even ask him.”

There were 15 to 20 people inside the establishment at the time, with no other injuries reported, and Eisenhart said, “We got a lot of statements and still have a lot to get.”

Two people have been identified in connection to the shooting, with charges pending, Eisenhart said, adding they are still waiting to obtain a statement from Jeter, who she said has not been cooperative in that regard.

Mayor Nancy Murray said Monday steps are being taken to try and have My Bar closed down as a nuisance, due to not only this but other incidents which have occurred there, but doing so is a lengthy process involving legal action.

Chief Ed Wilson said video footage from this latest incident has been obtained which shows what actually occurred, but he was not releasing that information at this time.