In Greenville, Front Street Pub is temporarily closing its doors after a murder outside the business on Sunday morning.
Greenville City officials say Front Street Pub is temporarily closing its doors after pub owners met with the mayor and police chief Monday morning, "I guess I made a recommendation, okay, a suggestion to close the pub for a while and take a look at what's going on and what we're doing and they agreed with me," says Greenville Mayor, Dexter McLendon.
Police say Marlon Herbert shot and killed Russell Gregory after an argument Sunday inside the pub led to gunfire outside. Bartenders, like Russell Duke, say they do not think the bar should be closed, "It started at the front door and I turned the lights on. As soon as the lights came on, Louis put everybody out. You know, all that was involved, outside. It was over. As far as we was concerned, it was over. It was outside, you know, so everybody usually leaves. But this time, you know, they didn't. But everything that happened, happened in the street. Nothing happened in here with us."
The police chief says, since September, there have been four incident reports at the pub, but none happened inside. He also says this is the first violent offense filed at the pub in many years. The business owner next door, Sonya Rice, says she has never had any problems with their security, "The security has always been top notch. The owners have always taken every precaution to make sure that it is secure and have run the business accordingly."
Front Street Pub bartenders also say they two men involved in the shooting were regulars at the pub and their thoughts are with the families involved.
City officials say they do not have any reason to close the business for good. They do expect it to reopen eventually.
Police say they are still looking for the suspected shooter, Marlon Herbert. If you have any information as to his whereabouts, call Greenville Police at 382-7461.