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.
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.
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:
@Pbp247 shout out to the Pottsville PD for the quick response at Woodys . Glad no officers were injured.
— Big Hoss (@Hoss_Mann) March 2, 2020