DES MOINES, Iowa – Des Moines police say two people were injured in a shooting early Friday morning outside of a Des Moines bar.
The shooting happened outside of the Triple Double bar at 910 Hull around 1:30 p.m.
Police say several shell casings and two guns were recovered during their investigation. The bar and a nearby residence were also hit by gunfire.
Two people with gunshot wounds were brought to Mercy Hospital in private vehicles. Police say the injuries to 25-year-old Chay Ostander and 23-year-old Marcus Brown are not believed to be life-threatening.
No arrests have been made yet in the case.
Police say they’ve been called to the bar 35 times over the last six months. Most of the complaints were for loud music or people but there have also been calls for narcotics, suspicious persons, and shots fired.
The owner, Donald Cedler, said they don't condone this type of violence.
"I don't know why but they don't like to go home and it's causing problems for us. we've got four security guards now so it's not like we're just negligent to the situation. we're trying. we're doing our best but it's out of our hands when they're across the street waiting for people to come out. we can't control what the world's doing," Cedler said.
Cedler said this restaurant is his livelihood and it's more about making great food than being a lounge.
“Our focus is our food. Our food is our number one goal. We try to sell a lot of food, chicken. It was in the Des Moines Register awhile back for top chicken spots in Iowa,” Cedler said.
Sgt. Paul Parizek said hiring security was a good step, but it’s not the only thing that needs to change.
“The environment, you need to take a look at your environment and who you’re inviting in are you inviting in trouble makers because they’re going to cause problems when they leave, they’re going to cause problems when they are there. They control the music and those are things that the neighbors complain about.. The noise that comes from that bar,” Parizek said.
Neighbors said they are unhappy about the violent activity.
"It's scary. You gotta live some place. You got grand kids and stuff you don't want them to get hurt. I mean I personally am looking to get into a different neighborhood. I'm going to have to do something because I can't keep on like this," Dale Craddock said.
Parizek said he understand why neighbors are upset and if something doesn't change they may have to shut it down.
“I wouldn’t be happy either if I had bullets hitting my house which is exactly what happened last night. There were people sleeping in their home minding their own business and they’ve got bullets coming through their walls,” Parizek said.