And no, I’m not talking about my 3 day streak of blog posts….
It was a violent week to live in Wilkes-Barre. There’s been three shootings in as many days. According to the Citizens’ Voice, it’s been over 6 months since the last fatal shooting in the Diamond City. In the last 36 hours: an alleged accidental shooting occurred on South Street, a drive-by happened on South Main Street and a suspicious fatal shooting was discovered on Carey Ave. The comment sections on most of the local media websites are typically a hot bed of troll activity for events such as this, but you’ve got to wonder if sometimes they make a good point…
I don’t think I could have said this better myself.
Zeroing in on the drive-by shooting at (“the club”) Club Envy. When I first learned of the news of this shooting, I assumed that it happened in downtown Wilkes-Barre or around Public Square since that is where most of the clubs and drinking establishments are. Nope. It actually happened at the old “Outsiders” biker bar next to Main Hardware (home of “Christmasland”) on South Main Street. If you follow the papers, “Outsiders” was a known trouble spot for years, constantly in trouble with the LCB for one thing or another. It was shutdown after DJ Mo tragically lost his life in a similar incident in 2013, a year which netted 13 homicides in Wilkes-Barre. You’d like to think that with a name and management change that the culture would also change, but yeahhhhh… not so much.
I’ve gone to the old “Outsiders” 3 times when I lived in the city. Once with a friend, once with my husband, and once alone. The (last) time I went alone was a liquid lunch after I lost my job at Frontier on October 31, 2007. I did not run into trouble on any of these occasions. Am I missing something? Are people being specifically targeted? What exactly is going on here? The likely answer is that the incidents were drug or gang related. Regardless, the violence and loss of life is stupid and senseless.
I hope the police get to the bottom of it before another incident occurs.