SANFORD, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - One man is fighting for his life today after an overnight shooting outside a Sanford bar. Police are appealing to the public for answers. The case is proving very difficult for officers; they say simply no one is cooperating with their investigation.
Around 2:30 a.m. Monday morning, as the crowd was clearing out of Sanford country bar The Barn, co-owner Scott Magowan heard shots from just outside. "I just saw a whole lot of confusion - ambulance, fire, that sort of thing - around 2 o'clock last night when we were trying to get our customers out the door and home,” Magowan said.
Sunday was their weekly hip-hop night and Magowan says there were about 300 people in attendance. "Where the chaos was, was trying to figure out what was going on and trying to get everybody out of here safely. Our security was here for that. Police were also Johnny-on-the-spot, they taped off the street."
Police say the victim was a black man in his twenties, who'd been shot several times on the street outside the club. He's now in critical condition at Central Florida Regional Hospital. Cops are reviewing all the physical evidence, but say they're missing a critical piece of support.
"At this time we've had very little cooperation from the patrons of the establishment or anybody who was in the vicinity who may have seen or heard something that could be relevant to the case,” said Bianca Gillett from the Sanford Police.
They're pleading with anyone who saw the shooting to please step forward. "We're having trouble putting the pieces together, so that's why we're asking the public to come forward so we can and understand who committed the act and why the act was committed,” Gillett said.
Magowan says this is the first time violence like this has happened in or around the barn, and this incident may force them to end their hip-hop nights. "We're trying to gather it all in and make sense out of it, as best we can."
The club had private guards working last night, and owners say everyone going into the club last night was searched for weapons. They're now debating whether to contract with Sanford Police to provide security.