After that, extra deputies will be working overtime every weekend in Cross Lanes to keep an eye on the bars, Rutherford said.
"Cross Lanes is a good, mostly residential area with good people," he said. "We're going to do our best to get this situation under control."
Rutherford said after-hour or private parties seem to be part of the problem. He said the gunfire at Appetizer's erupted after a private party at the lounge.
"In the last few months, we know of three after-hour parties -- private parties -- that turned into gunplay," he said.
In October, Charleston police and sheriff's deputies responded to a private party at the Charleston Moose Lodge that also ended in multiple gunshots. One man was hospitalized after being wounded by gunfire.
In August, James Foster, 19, was shot in downtown Charleston after a private party at Timothy's Bar on Quarrier Street. Police think the shooting may have been in retaliation for a shooting incident earlier in the year on the city's West Side.
Rutherford hopes local business owners will do their part to help keep things in check at their establishments.
"We're asking our local bars, when they host parties, to be cautious when they rent these private parties out," he said.
Reach Rusty Marks at rustyma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.