6 shot at Clairton speakeasy; police seek suspects
Six people were shot when a fight erupted in the early morning hours Friday at an unlicensed bar in Clairton.
Homicide detectives are seeking witnesses who could help identify the shooters.
Authorities began removing materials from inside the building Friday afternoon and were reviewing surveillance video provided by a nearby American Legion post, showing activity in the bar’s parking lot at about 3:15 a.m.
“You can see people kind of scattering — getting in their cars and leaving,” said a steward at the American Legion post who asked not to be identified.
He said he noticed cases of empty beer and liquor bottles piling up in a Dumpster outside the bar in recent weeks.
The shooting just before 3:30 a.m. on Miller Avenue happened when a group of men in their 20s walked into the building and started a fight with people inside, police said. Shortly after, officers said, gunfire erupted.
Allegheny County Police said investigators found three people with gunshot wounds at the bar, and three other men arrived at hospitals with injuries from the incident. County police have not identified the victims.
None of the injuries is considered life-threatening, although two people are in serious condition.
Clairton police described the bar as a speakeasy.
County real estate records list the building owner as Devlin L. Clifford, with his mailing address just around the corner on Mitchell Avenue.
Detectives who answered the door at Clifford’s home Friday morning said he wasn’t there.
At businesses nearby, people said they saw signs of activity at the bar in recent months.
David Crevar, who operates The Medicine Shoppe pharmacy across the street, said a satellite dish recently was installed on the building. He said a “Members Only” sign on the bar’s door was new.
Ronda Payne, who lives near the club, said her granddaughter planned to hold her 16th birthday party there.
“We got to relocate,” Payne said. “Who’s going to let their kids go there now?”
Payne said she heard the overnight activity at the bar.
“I heard pow, pow, pow, then two cars speeding away,” she said.
County police detectives asked that anyone who heard or saw anything call the homicide unit at 412-473-1300.
Eric Slagle and Tom Fontaine are Trib Total Media staff writers.