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Witness in River House shooting refuses to answer questions under oath

By Dan Miller danmiller@pressandjournal.com
Posted 5/17/17

An eyewitness in the March 24 shooting at River House Bar & Grill in Londonderry Township has refused to answer questions under oath.

That revelation came to light Wednesday, May 17, as the …

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Witness in River House shooting refuses to answer questions under oath

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An eyewitness in the March 24 shooting at River House Bar & Grill in Londonderry Township has refused to answer questions under oath.

That revelation came to light Wednesday, May 17, as the preliminary hearing was about to start in the case against Tanner Allen Stark. State Police said Stark began shooting after two River House bouncers escorted him out of the bar because he was seen wearing a handgun in his right front pants pocket.

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.

There are two eyewitnesses to what happened, Stark’s defense attorney Jerry Russo said immediately after the hearing was ended by District Judge David Judy. Russo did not identify the eyewitnesses, or indicate whether he was referring to Seesholtz or Cole.

The preliminary hearing is being delayed until sometime in June at the request of Russo.

Judy agreed to the request, saying that Russo “has raised legitimate legal issues.”

The court needs to determine “whether or not the invocation of the right to remain silent by an eyewitness is legal and proper,” Russo said.

He added that Stark “was shot seven times” during the incident.

“I want to know how and why he was shot. It has a bearing on these proceedings,” Russo said.

A new hearing date has been set for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, June 22 in Judy’s courtroom.

Police say that Stark received multiple gunshot wounds but police reports do not say who shot Stark.

Cole was shot in the chest. Seesholtz received a leg injury that did not come from a gunshot.

Dauphin County Chief Deputy District Attorney Mike Sprow did not oppose rescheduling the hearing, which is principally to determine whether charges against Stark should be forwarded to Dauphin County Court, and if so what charges.

“We were prepared to proceed. We will be the next time,” Sprow said afterward.

Stark, 21, of Mount Joy, was brought to the hearing from Dauphin County Prison. Stark has been in the prison since being released from the hospital. He is being held on $750,000 bail.

State Police shortly after the shooting 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 — one for each of the 82 people whom police say were inside 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.

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.

Police recovered three handguns from the scene.

Stark is the only person who has been charged regarding the shooting.

Russo declined to say if he thinks anyone else should be charged.

“I want to know what the eyewitnesses say happened,” Russo said. “It’s not my decision on whether someone else should be charged.”

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