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Carper targets Cross Lanes bar over shooting

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper has asked the state Alcohol Beverage Control Administration to schedule a public hearing about a Cross Lanes restaurant and lounge where multiple gunshots were fired early Thursday.

Kanawha County sheriff's deputies said a fight broke out outside Appetizer's Restaurant and Lounge at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday. The fracas ended up with multiple shots fired.

Carlo Gray, 22, of St. Albans, was wounded in the leg during the altercation. Additionally, deputies said, multiple cars and buildings were hit by gunfire. The fight and shooting took place outside the restaurant, not inside.

Carper said the location has been the site of trouble before.

"I've talked to a number of the neighbors of that place," Carper said Friday. "The people are very upset about it. In talking to the neighbors, I don't believe it's an isolated incident."

ABCA officials have suspended the liquor license for Appetizer's for 10 days to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Carper thinks they should go further.

On Friday, Carper sent a letter to ABCA Commissioner Ronald Moats, asking the agency to hold a public hearing "so that the ABC can hear the concerns and complaints of the residents."

Because Cross Lanes is unincorporated, Carper said, residents have to go to the Kanawha County Commission for help.

"This lounge seems to be nothing but a magnet for trouble, and the trouble is spilling out onto the residential street and community," Carper wrote in his letter to Moats.

Calls made to the restaurant Friday were not returned.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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