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Pottsville Neighbors Worry: “We’re Going to Have to Start Carrying.”

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This weekend’s shootout at Woody’s Bar on Peacock Street confirmed a lot of people’s worst fears.

Pottsville is changing and it’s definitely for the worse.

That was the sentiment of people living in the vicinity of Saturday morning’s shooting that left four people injured.

Neighbors to Peacock Street Bar Shooting Worry About Safety

Robert Doyle, who appears to be living on Railroad Street, behind Woody’s, told Brit Purdy from WNEP that he and his wife just happened to renew their handgun permits recently.

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He described how he woke up in the middle of the night as the incident was unfolding behind Woody’s.

“I was awakened by maybe four or five quick shots, bursts of gunfire. At that point, I kind of got up and within maybe a minute or so there was another three rounds of gunfire.,” he said.

He also says the bar’s clientele has changed.

For anyone who’s lived in Pottsville for any considerable amount of time, it’s troubling to hear that’s how some of our neighbors are getting woken up in the middle of the night.

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Pottsville isn’t a violent city, right? Recent headlines suggest that’s changing. It’s disturbing.

And it’s clearly disturbing people like Doyle. He said the incident on Saturday could change his dog-walking habits in the future.

“We’re going to have to start carrying,” he told WNEP.

The police response to the incident at Woody’s was noticed by at least local resident on Twitter recently, too. As Pottsville starts to see an increase in violent crime, the city needs their services more than ever. Here’s what @Hoss_Mann wrote:

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Coalregion12

    March 3, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Has anyone asked the mayor, city manager, city council, chief of police for their thoughts on this shooting? How about looking at the UCRS for 2019 and see if crime is up or down?
    What changes can be made to local bars? Metal detectors? Armed security? Closing earlier?

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  3. joseph fleming

    June 7, 2020 at 7:18 am

    It’s your Constitutional right to protect your self and people should be aloud to carry for that purpose
    But alcohol and firearms DO NOT mix
    There should be some ordinance that says once you park your butt at the barstool you cannot be armed. Possibly check them at the door and if person is clearly intoxicated and angry for some reason the Bartender or service people should call police to sort out returning firearm to person at that time. Maybe have them pick up later at police station when sober. I know it sounds like a lot of work for the community ( Tavern employees and Police ) but our 2nd Amendment rights and also our right to feel secure in public is worth it!

    • admin

      June 7, 2020 at 10:02 am

      Those guys must have missed the sign outside the bar.

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