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Preliminary hearing for accused River House shooter delayed

By Dan Miller danmiller@pressandjournal.com
Posted 4/6/17

The preliminary hearing for Tanner Allen Stark, the 21-year-old Mount Joy man charged in the shooting at the River House Bar & Grill on March 24, has been delayed until May 17.

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Preliminary hearing for accused River House shooter delayed

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The preliminary hearing for Tanner Allen Stark, the 21-year-old Mount Joy man charged in the shooting at the River House Bar & Grill on March 24, has been delayed until May 17.

The hearing for Stark was to be held Thursday, April 6, before District Judge David Judy. The hearing was delayed at the request of Stark’s lawyer Jerry Russo, said Michael Rozman, chief deputy of the Dauphin County District Attorney’s office.

Russo did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Stark is also still in the hospital for gunshot wounds that he received during the incident, Rozman said.

Stark's bail is $750,000.

Pennsylvania State Police say that Stark’s actions during the incident resulted in three men being injured; two who were shot by Stark and a third who received a leg injury that was not gunshot-related.

Police have charged Stark with four felony counts of criminal attempt — criminal homicide, five felony counts of aggravated assault, three felony counts of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, one misdemeanor count of possession of a weapon, six misdemeanor counts of simple assault, and 82 misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person. That’s one for each of the 82 people whom police say were in the River House when Stark started shooting shortly after 1:30 a.m. Friday, March 24, according to court documents filed by State Police.

Stark also faces summary charges of harassment, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness.

Police say that Stark began shooting after two River House bouncers escorted him out of the bar because Stark was seen wearing a handgun in his right front pants pocket.

One round fired by Stark hit the leg of a 21-year-old man who was outside on the front deck, police said. Stark also fired at the bouncers, and three rounds that Stark fired from outside were directed toward the bar and hit the bar, police said.

After Stark started firing two men who were inside the bar went out to confront Stark, according to police. One was David Seesholtz, a patron; and the other was Andy Cole, who was tending bar inside the River House at the time.

Cole was shot in the chest and is still in the hospital. Seesholtz received a leg injury that did not come from a gunshot, and has been released from the hospital.

Police say that Stark received multiple gunshot wounds but police reports do not say who shot Stark. Police recovered three handguns from the scene.

The police investigation is continuing, Rozman said.

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