Warren Twp. police: Man shot outside problem bar drove himself to hospital

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There was a shooting outside of a bar in Warren Township overnight.

One person was shot in the parking lot of J&L Lounge on Highland Avenue around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Police said he then drove himself to the hospital. He’s scheduled for surgery on Friday.

No one else was hurt and no one is in custody.

Chief Don Bishop said everyone left the scene before officers got there. He also says they recovered evidence at the scene, but say other than that they don’t have much to go on since no one’s being cooperative.

“We have no suspects because again as always we don’t get the cooperation we need,” he said.

They’re in the process of trying to look at cameras inside of the victim’s car. Bishop says they are hoping shell casings and live rounds recovered outside the J&L Lounge overnight will help their investigation.

He says no one at the bar called 911. His officers only learned about the shooting after a Warren City Police Officer tried pulling over a car that was going through red lights and speeding down East Market Street before pulling into the parking lot of Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

The victim has been identified as 47-year-old Vincent Lowery. He was shot twice in the back and is set to have surgery Friday at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

Police say they didn’t get much of a suspect description from him — but he did tell officers he fought with the man inside the bar.

It’s not the first time this bar has been the scene of a crime. Back in April of 2016, a man was killed in the parking lot.

Bishop says his officers go there at least once a week if not more. It’s one of the reasons why they want it shut down.

“This bar is uncooperative, it’s not a safe place to go, it’s not a safe place to have in your neighborhood,” Bishop said.

Police are working to shut down the bar.

There was a liquor license hearing on October 17 in the police’s process of trying to shut down the J&L Lounge. If that fails they’ll try to have the bar deemed a nuisance. 

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