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nwitimes.com
Friday, 11 February 2011
Highland, IN

Bouncer injured in shooting at Highland bar

A bouncer at a Highland bar was injured early Friday morning by patrons after he would not allow them to enter the business, police said.

Corkers

At 12:57 a.m., police were called to Corkers, 9400 Indianapolis Blvd., for a report of a shooting. Police learned one of the bouncers refused entry to a group of five of six people who calmly left the tavern.

A few minutes later, one or two of the people who were refused entry returned and fired several shots into the entryway, injuring one of the bouncers.

Cmdr. George Georgeff said police are not releasing any information about the victim to protect his safety. Georgeff said the man's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. It is not clear whether the bouncer was injured by bullet fragments or shattered glass.

Witnesses said the suspects fled northbound on Indianapolis Boulevard in a conversion van, possibly green in color.

Police officers have responded to numerous incidents of violence at Corkers in the past, police said. They also have visited the bar with Indiana State Excise Police to ensure all laws and ordinances are being followed.

Police now are preparing to present information on Corkers to the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission at the bar's next license renewal hearing. On Friday, police said they met with one of the owners, Jimmy Kollintzas, and he assured them there would be significant changes in the operation of his business.

Georgeff said police have several leads into Friday's shooting incident and that the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to call the Highland Police Department at (219) 838-3184 or can leave an anonymous tip on the department's 24-hour tip line at (219) 838-TIPS (8477).

 
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