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Shooting ruins a local bar's grand opening

New Years Eve festivities are cut short after gunfire leaving two people injured. One victim is in critical condition.

Posted: Jan 1, 2018 9:01 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The shooting took place at Hobo's Bar and Grill on the 2700 block of West Jefferson Blvd. It happened a little after 3 Monday morning.

"It was the grand opening, which started off as a beautiful thing, but we had a dilemma that happened," Co-Owner,Alfred Lockett said.

An event intended to be fun filled, turned serious after two people were hurt from gunshots.

"It hurt Hobo's a lot because we started off running fast, and this was a major blast to Hobo's," he added.

Lockett said this is a family business. He owns the restaurant with his brother. His daughter is the chef and his son is the maintenance man.  Now he's making sure anyone who enters, feels welcome and apart of the family despite what took place.

"This will not stop Hobo's at all. This is just another stepping stone that we have to step on. We started from the kitchen at home," he continued.

Even though the business is regrouping after the New Years Eve event, Lockett said he chose this location to bring everyone out and he remains optimistic moving forward about keeping the doors open.

"The atmosphere is wonderful, so don't give up on us." 

Police don't have a person of interest at this time.

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