CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Alcohol Beverage Control Administration has temporarily shut down the Capitol Street lounge where three men were shot over the weekend.
Sky Lounge was closed Saturday following the early morning shooting. The bar, owned by Morgan Pauley, a 27-year-old Kanawha City resident, is under new management and will be closed for a ten-day "cooling off" period imposed by the ABCA, she said.
Pauley said she plans to make changes before reopening. The lounge was intended to be a martini bar and lounge where young professionals could relax and unwind, she said. She said she has fired the manager who was running the bar at the time of the shooting and plans to cut back or completely do away with weekend DJs.
"I have noticed with the DJs and the late crowd, the music can sometimes get people hyped up and sometimes it can turn to violence," Pauley said.
Pauley left Sky Lounge only about 30 minutes before the shooting began.
Charleston police responded at 2:25 a.m. Saturday.
They found three men, identified as William Wallace, 34, of South Charleston, and Charleston residents Shawn Williams, 23, and Varryl Venson, 44, injured at the scene, said Sgt. Bobby Eggleton, assistant chief of detectives. Their injuries were not life threatening.
Eggleton said the incident began with an argument inside Sky Lounge. The argument, which was over a woman, escalated, and the group was escorted outside. A person, who has not yet been identified, began shooting. Williams and Venson were struck while still inside the bar. Wallace, who was in the street, also was shot, Eggleton said.
Wallace remained under evaluation at Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital. A hospital operator said Venson and Williams no longer were listed at the hospital.
Detectives still are searching for the shooter, who is described as a 6-foot-1 black male in his mid-to-late 20s.
Pauley, who left Sky Lounge only about 30 minutes before the shooting began, said the shooter was never in her bar and only got involved in the altercation in the street. She also said the shooting did not occur in the bar.
Witnesses told police they saw the shooter firing shots into the ground and at the lounge's entrance.
Pauley said she was mortified when she heard about the incident and hurried back to the bar.