UPDATE: Police Say Woman Fired Gun Outside South Bar

The woman who allegedly fired two gunshots into the air early Monday morning outside South Bar has turned herself over the Birmingham Police, officers said Wednesday.

The are interviewing a woman who police believe fired a gun into the air early Monday morning outside .

After a photo of the woman was released to the press Wednesday morning, Birmingham Police Cmdr. Terry Kiernan said the woman in question contacted police and came in for an interview.

According to Kiernan, the original incident grew out of a fight between two women, and there were no serious injuries.

According to police, a 21-year-old woman from Southfield and another woman were arguing outside South Bar around 2:30 a.m. Monday. The second woman punched the first in the face several times, police reports state.

When the first woman punched her back, police say the second woman then went across the street to her car, pulled out a .22 caliber handgun and fired two shots into the air. She then drove away.

Witnesses say the woman was driving an Impala or Sebring, possibly silver, and police later recovered one .22 shell casing from the street. The victim told police that night the woman was wearing jeans and a purple tank top.

According to Kiernan, the victim later discovered a picture of the woman on a club-hopping website, one of many photos taken that night at South. The woman in the picture matches the description the victim gave to police at the scene, Kiernan said.

Emily Puertas, co-owner of South Bar, told the Birmingham Eccentric that she didn't learn about the incident until Tuesday.

“There were no incidents in the bar, I can tell you that much for certain,” Puertas said. “It was actually very quiet in there.”

Kiernan said after detectives interview the woman, a full investigation will be conducted with reports submitted to the prosecutor's office.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Lt. Carol Millgard at the Birmingham Police Department, at 248-530-1866.

Racer Boy April 04, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Don't count on the Police solving this one any more effectively than they did with the guy pulling the gun and stealing keys at Mitchell's Seafood earlier this year.
Adam April 04, 2012 at 08:22 PM
When will they shut that place down?
Alan Stamm April 05, 2012 at 06:59 PM
A local publisher echoes your question, Adam. Downtown Publications today started an online petition urging city commissioners to "work toward rescinding the South Bar liquor license." "The situation at South Bar constitutes a serious diversion of public safety resources from the rest of the Birmingham community," says its call to action at change.org. "The latest gunfire incident constitutes a serious threat to public safety for those living in downtown Birmingham, along with visitors to the community's downtown." http://chn.ge/HjfN6O
Kyle Morgan April 06, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I'm afraid it might be time for my family and I to consider leaving Birmingham. It's too bad, because this was a great place 15 years ago, but now look at it. Let the South and Hamilton Room crowd have it, it'll be a wasteland in five years . . . a wasteland with a bunch of black BMW's and white Lexuses parked outside.
mrobusto April 06, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I'm afraid the city commission has been misguided in their pursuit of transforming the city into a mini-Manhattan (or South Beach or OC). As a lifelong Birmingham resident, I understand that the city can never be what it was when I was a kid and that the retail-centric business model does not generate the kind of activity that will keep Birmingham vibrant. What was pitched as a way to expand the city's appeal from a specialty retail center to a walkable, modern city has transformed the city into just another magnet for crime. When you try to re-create a big-city atmosphere, you had better expect big city problems. The city commission should not be surprised by what is happening downtown seemingly every weekend. I don't begrudge the business owners who have bought into the new vision for Birmingham, but I have to question how invested they truly are in the city outside of their significant financial stake(s). It is up to the local government to get this situation under control. Perhaps a city-wide curfew or mandatory pre-midnight closing time for bars and restaurants would be appropriate. As it stands today, a disproportionate amount of the city's resources are being spent downtown managing a problem it created at the expense of the tax-payers. Something needs to change soon before the city's reputation is so badly tarnished that the only people coming into town are those looking for trouble.
Kyle Morgan April 06, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Agreed, although I think the bistro licenses have been a success (South and the Hamilton Room don't fall into that category). There have been about 20 new restaurants in Birmingham in the past 5 years, and they are all doing well without any issues, with the notable exceptions of South and the Hamilton Room. The other issue is that the problem spots will hurt other restaurants and retail as the people who live in the area and actually spend money during the day, stop coming in.
Stephanie April 07, 2012 at 12:57 PM
I had Hair in my food served to me at South Bar . The attitude about it from the staff there was very indifferent & "not my fault" like, just as the indifferent quote from the owner in this shooting story. Hope the South bar people dont get stabbed & assaulted, as previously reported in The Patch. http://birmingham.patch.com/articles/south-bar-employee-comes-forward-about-assault
uknowimright April 14, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Looks like the sheltered, BMW driving, gated-community set is getting a taste of reality. Welcome to the "D" folks.
Carol C. May 06, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Hey Kyle, why don't you just say what you REALLY want to say? Why don't you just admit that you're afraid of anyone who isn't white and polite?


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