New Year’s Day shooting at Sunset Lounge

WARREN – Police were called to the Sunset Lounge following a shooting early New Year’s Day.

According to scanner traffic, shots were fired about 2:10 a.m. inside the bar, 480 E. Market St. S.E.

A passerby said he could see people “streaming” from the bar and embracing one another out front. A woman who said she was in the bar at the time said “people were shooting” and that at least one person was shot.

It was not immediately clear how many people were shot, their condition or whether police had any suspects.

Two ambulances were at the scene by 2:20 a.m.; one drove east on Market Street within five minutes and with its sirens on. The second drove from the scene without its sirens on, according to the passerby.

Scanner traffic seemed to indicate the victim was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital, which is a short distance from the bar.

By 2:25 a.m., Warren detectives had been called to the bar, which had been placed on “lockdown” while officers collected evidence, according to the scanner.

The shooting is the latest in a string of controversies surrounding the popular night spot.

Warren police received more than 20 calls for service to the Sunset from May through August in reference to fights, vehicle theft, a traffic accident, suspicious vehicles and people, disturbances and alarms, according to reports.

As a result, City Council has said recently that it wants the state to deny renewing the Sunset Lounge’s liquor license.