Citra man, teen shot at Hawthorne bar

Published: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 3:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 1, 2011 at 3:27 p.m.

A teenager and a 22-year-old were shot early Sunday, possibly while trying to break up a fight at a bar in Hawthorne.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said the victims, both Citra-area residents, were shot in the abdomen and neither victim’s wounds appeared life-threatening. The Sheriff’s Office did not immediately release the victims’ names.

The incident happened around 1:30 a.m. at Club 21/20, an establishment on State Road 20 formerly known as the Watering Hole Bar. Deputies and detectives were dispatched to the bar after the Sheriff’s Office received multiple reports of shots being fired.

The older of the two victims was still at the scene when officials arrived and was flown to Shands at the University of Florida, where he remained on Monday. Investigators said the younger victim had apparently been at the bar with his mother and that she took him to a hospital in Ocala, where he was treated and released.

In a news release, the Sheriff’s Office said it appeared the victims were probably trying to break up a fight between other bar patrons when they were shot. The shooter was described as a light-skinned black man in his mid-20s to early 30s who had gold teeth and was wearing black shorts and a white shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Northeast Crime Stoppers at 888- 277-TIPS/8477.

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