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Shots fired during fracas at Chambersburg tavern

December 30, 2004|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police were looking for three men who assaulted and robbed another man in a tavern Monday morning, then fired shots while they were fleeing.

Police said the incident occurred at Rob N Dara's, 464 Hollywell Ave., at 1:42 a.m. Reymond Oquendo of Chambersburg was assaulted and robbed following a brief altercation in the tavern, police said.

"He got a bloody nose. One guy hit him on the way out," said Rob Taylor, who owns the business with his wife, Dara. "When he fell, they grabbed his necklace. They just ripped it off his neck."

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After Oquendo was struck, Taylor said, he tried to intervene, but one of the men "put a gun up to my head, but he didn't fire, thank God."

"I was trying to get them to back off and get them out the door," when the man pulled the gun, he said.

After the three men went outside, Taylor said three shots were fired, two of which hit his wife's car.

The car was parked near a handicapped ramp on which she was standing while calling 911 on her cell phone.

"We think they were trying to hit her," Taylor said. Taylor said he believed the three may intended to rob the tavern.

Police said two of the men had handguns and they fled in a silver or gray car.

"The way we understand it, they're from Maryland," Taylor said of the men. He said two of the men might be brothers.

Police said Wednesday that no one had been charged in the shooting.

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