Three in custody after five injured in shooting at Evansville bar

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Early Sunday morning, five people were injured after a man fired shots outside of Sidetrack Tavern in Evansville. 

An Evansville Police Department officer was near the area and heard gunshots. After arriving, Officer Ward saw a man, later identifed as John Perteet, near a 2002 GMC Envoy. When Perteet saw the officer, he got in the back of the car. 

The officer then saw another man, Howard Phipps, with blood on his clothes. He walked up to the same car Perteet was in and began beating on it. Ofiicer Ward drew his weapon and told the men inside the car to stop, but they refused and fled west on Illinois Street. 

EPD officers in the area tried to perform a traffic stop which led to a short pursuit. The men were then taken to EPD for questioning.

Officers later found a Glock 40 caliber handgun. 

Sidetrack Tavern’s surveillance cameras show Perteet firing numerous rounds toward a large group of people outside. 

The five victims are recovering in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Perteet was arrested and being held at the Vanderburgh County Jail with no bond on charges of battery-aggravated with a firearm, crhiminal recklessness and weapon possession of a firearm by a felon.

When returning to the scene, officers found Phipps. He was arrested on charges of obstruction of justice and public intoxication after ignoring offier’s orders to stay out of taped off areas. Phipps was treated at the hospital for a gunshot wound on his leg. 

The driver of the car was identified as Terry Ealum. He was arrested on charges of resisting arrest. 

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(This story was originally published on Februray 17, 2019)

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