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Kenmore bar has liquor license suspended after weekend shooting

Posted at 4:46 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 16:46:26-04

KENMORE, N.Y. (WKBW) — The New York State Liquor Authority announced it suspended the liquor license of a Kenmore bar after a weekend shooting.

According to the SLA, the liquor license of Bimber's Delwood Inc. operating as Floyd's Place at 3115 Delaware Avenue has been suspended and it will pursue the permanent cancellation or revocation of the license.

The SLA says on September 19 Kenmore police responded to Delwood Road for the report of shots fired. According to officials, two shooting victims, one a 17-year-old male, arrived at Kenmore Mercy Hospital shortly after and said he had been shot inside the bar.

Officials began questioning a bartender and an off-duty employee who were allegedly uncooperative and denied an incident took place at the bar that night. Following further investigation officials say video obtained shows a patron inside the bar shove another patron who then fired a handgun at least once inside the bar and chased the other person outside.

The SLA says the video also shows a bouncer disposing a shell casing into a trash bag and additional shell casings were reportedly discovered by police near Delwood Road. The video obtained also shows social distancing and other COVID-19 requirements were not being followed, according to the SLA.

Police informed the SLA of previous responses to the location as well, which include fights and assaults that occurred on August 22, August 30, March 6 and December 29, 2019.

“The SLA has zero tolerance for bars where violence is a routine occurrence, threatening the safety of their neighborhoods and straining police resources,” said SLA Chairman Vincent Bradley. “This emergency suspension should serve as a message that this agency will not hesitate to take immediate action when a bar poses a threat to public health and safety.”