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Charges filed in River House shooting, which police say started after man with gun was asked to leave

By Dan Miller, danmiller@pressandjournal.com
Posted 3/24/17

Police on Friday afternoon charged Tanner Allen Stark, 21, of Mount Joy, with a long list of charges related to the shooting at the River House early Friday.

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Charges filed in River House shooting, which police say started after man with gun was asked to leave

VIDEO: Sgt. Doug Howell, acting public information officer for Troop H of the State Police, talks about the shooting at River House.
Staff video by David Barr

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Police on Friday afternoon charged Tanner Allen Stark, 21, of Mount Joy, with a long list of charges related to the shooting at the River House early Friday. 

Stark, who is still in the hospital, was to be arraigned at the hospital by District Judge David Judy, according to Judy’s office. Bail apparently was to be set at $750,000.

State Police later confirmed that Stark is the initial shooter involved in the Londonderry Township incident. 

Stark has been charged with four felony counts of criminal attempt — criminal homicide, five counts of aggravated assault, three felony counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, one misdemeanor count of possessing a weapon, six misdemeanor accounts of simple assault, 82 counts of recklessly endangering another person, four summary counts of harassment, two counts of disorderly conduct, and one count of public drunkenness.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively set for 2:15 p.m. April 6 before Judy.

Details emerge

The shooting outside the River House Bar and Grill in Londonderry Township early Friday started after a man was asked to leave the bar because he was wearing a handgun, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
After leaving, the man shot from outside, and a bullet struck and injured a patron who was sitting at the bar, said Sgt. Doug Howell, acting public information officer for Troop H of the State Police. The man at the bar was hit somewhere in the lower half of his body, Howell said at a brief news conference at the Troop H headquarters Friday afternoon.
The shooter and the man at the bar are among three people who were shot in the melee, which occurred at about 1:30 a.m. Two of the people remain in critical condition at Hershey Medical Center. One person who was shot received injuries that were not considered critical and has been released from the hospital, Howell said.
A fourth person was injured their leg while trying to flee while the shooting was going on, Howell said.
The River House is located at 2495 E. Harrisburg Pike, at the intersection of Geyers Church Road. An employee at the bar and grill Friday morning told the Press & Journal that she did not have any information about what happened. The restaurant was open at its regular 11 a.m. opening time on Friday.
Attempts by the Press & Journal to reach the owner have not been successful.

Two guns involved

At least two handguns were involved, including the one used by the first shooter who had been asked to leave the bar. Police confiscated both weapons.
After the first person shot into the bar, another person who was at the bar and who also had a handgun began firing at the first shooter, Howell said.
The first shooter ended up being shot multiple times.
Police upon arrival found several people on the ground who had been shot. The first shooter was found lying on the ground nearby, police said. Howell said that the actions of police saved the life of the first shooter.
Police expect to file charges against the initial shooter in the near future, Howell said. It is possible that other people could also be charged, including one or more of the victims.
The investigation is in its early stages, and there is much that police do not know yet, Howell said.
For example, police cannot yet say whether the first shooter shot two other people, or whether someone returning fire shot the shooter as well as a third person. These answers won’t be known until police can do ballistics testing.
Police have interviewed multiple eyewitnesses, but police have not yet been able to interview the victims who are in the hospital
“It was probably a chaotic scene at the time,” he said. “It was probably very chaotic for our troopers responding to it, not knowing what they were walking into.”

Not known as a problem spot

A man and a woman who live near the River House told the Press & Journal on Friday morning that the parking lot of the bar was filled with police cars at about 4 a.m.
Yet just few hours later — by about 8:30 a.m. — there was no outward evidence that anything had taken place in or near the bar. There were no police cars, and no yellow tape that could be seen anywhere on the property.
The man and woman who live nearby said that the bar has never posed a problem for the neighborhood, The couple declined to provide their name.
Howell also told reporters that he was not aware of the bar being a trouble spot, at least as far as police are concerned.

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