The owner of the Pump Roadhouse in Regina is speaking out after a shooting incident there in the early hours of Friday morning.
Two people were hurt when someone opened fire in the bar.
Mark Smith wasn’t there but shared with the CJME Morning Show what his management team told him, calling it a “devastating, malicious, fast situation”.
Smith described an individual having an opportunity to get in a separate door in the bar.
“He was there for a very short time, fired shots at an individual and then ran out by our concession, where people go to get food,” he said.
While Smith thinks it appears the first person shot was targeted, that wasn’t the case with the second person.
“I think the second person shot was just an innocent bystander. I think the individual that did the shooting hit that person and there was an altercation, like sort of a ‘hey what are you doin’ man, like don’t run into me’ and the perpetrator just shot and took off.”
Smith was advised to get in a critical incident stress specialist who met with the staff Sunday. They got together to talk about what happened and how it has left everyone feeling.
Smith was told the bar cannot take responsibility for what happened because when a shooter decides to do something like that, “it is out of everyone’s hands there is nothing you can do”.
The bar has remained open to its daytime customers, who are there for off-track wagering on horse racing. It was not open Friday or Saturday night.
Regina police have not told Smith much information about the investigation but he calls them very diligent and “are doing a fantastic job”.