Police Investigate After Person Shot and Killed at Sportsman’s Bar

One person is dead after an early morning shooting at Sportsman’s Grille and Billards.

Vanderburgh County Coroner Steve Lockyear says 23-year-old Laren L. Hall was taken to Deaconess Hospital after being shot and found in the alley at Sportsman’s Grille and Billards on West Franklin Street.

According to the news release from the coroner, Hall died shortly before 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Dispatch tells 44News that the shooting happened around 12:40 a.m. Sunday morning.

According to the news release from Evansville Police, a man who had allegedly been involved in the incident approached a uniformed officer at the scene and said he had fired his handgun during an altercation.

Bartender Rex Tully was working in the front of Sportsman’s when the shooting happened.

“I psych myself up for two weeks mentally preparing for Friday and Saturday night of Fall Fest and for something like this to happen, this was not something I was expecting at all,” says Tully.

Tully has been working as a bartender at Sportsman’s for years, but his shift Saturday night has left him shaken up.

“We had a really good crowd in here, everything was going fine and then one of the other bartenders comes back and tells me that we have to do last call because of an incident that happened in the back alley,” says Tully.

Tully says he didn’t hear gunshots, but was quickly made aware of the incident.

“One of the officers came in. He ended up having to wash his hands because of all the blood on him because he was trying to revive the person,” says Tully.

Evansville Police and the Coroner’s Office are investigating the death and no criminal charges have been filed at this time.

Coroner Steve Lockyear says an autopsy is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to contact police.

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