Business owner shares concerns after Scottsboro shooting

Scottsboro, Ala. (WHNT) – Business returned to normal at Scooters Sports Grill on Thursday, just a day after a shooting inside the restaurant.

Restaurant owner Mark Bangs said the shooting was “very, very unusual” for the business, which has been open for five years. Bangs said it was the first “incident” they had.

Bangs said that on a regular night, people listen to music on the jukebox, shoot pool and play cornhole. He said the incident between the two men was the result of “an outside issue that was fed into Scooters.” He called the situation “unfortunate” for the company.

Bangs said fighting is not tolerated. He said the restaurant bans people who cause trouble.

“Once, and you’re gone,” he said.

Bangs, a military veteran, said he had seen shooting before from his service, but the incident was “traumatic” for other people.

Scooters are open to everyone in the early evening, but minors are not allowed after 8 p.m. The shooting happened just before 9 p.m., so no children were present.

When it comes to security, Bangs said he keeps his bases covered. It has 16 security cameras installed inside and outside the building. The entire shoot was captured on video camera. Bangs said police had already recovered the video as evidence for the investigation.

Bangs hopes its regular and future customers won’t be deterred by the shooting. He said he was sorry his customers on Wednesday night had to go through this.

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