Police say the shootout at Milo’s Bar and Grill occurred at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday. The bar is at the intersection of Powder Springs Street and Garrison Road about a mile from the Marietta Square.
Some shots were fired from the bar’s parking lot while others flew in the direction of Milo’s from another parking lot across Garrison Road, said Officer David Baldwin, spokesman for Marietta Police.
A bystander sitting in a car outside of Milo’s was hit during the gunfight and was treated for non-life threatening injuries, Baldwin said. The man was rushed to a nearby QuickTrip gas station at Powder Springs and Sandtown roads where paramedics treated his injuries. He was then taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital.
Baldwin did not know the condition of the victim Thursday afternoon and said police are still investigating what sparked the shootout.
“We are still looking into the exact cause of what started the gun battle,” Baldwin said. “Investigators collected a lot of evidence from the scene and interviewed a large number of people who were at the bar during the incident.”
He would not say how many rounds were fired.
Milo’s Bar is no stranger to violence.
A 34-year-old Sandy Springs man, Tekilum Terrell, was shot and killed almost a year ago at the bar on April 7, 2013.
He was shot inside Milo’s Bar around 3 a.m. on a Sunday and stumbled out of the bar. Marietta police found him lying in the parking lot and had him taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where he died after undergoing emergency surgery.
Three suspects were indicted in the shooting including Trina Lesley Chatman, 37; Dennis Lee Hampton, 41; and Joseph Ricky Hampton, 48.
Joseph and Dennis Hampton are cousins, and Joseph Hampton and Chatman are married. All three are awaiting trial.
Police chief: Bar is ‘on our radar’
Marietta Police Chief Dan Flynn said his department will investigate the business to determine if any punitive actions will be taken, such as suspending the bar’s business license.
“When we have acts of violence associated with a business it certainly puts it on our radar screen,” Flynn said.
No decisions have been made, Flynn said, but police will review reports and 911 records to determine if the bar is a drain on public resources.
“If we find out there’s an abundance of calls unlike other (similar) establishments in the city, then we will make a determination,” Flynn said.
It’s been done before. Runaround Sues, a bar once operated on Church Street Extension, voluntarily surrendered its business license after a “compilation of problems,” including illegally serving minors alcohol.
Flynn said some police calls are expected at bars, but when those establishments become problematic, a second look is needed.
“Occasionally there are going to be problems,” Flynn said. “We know what the norm is for that and we deal with it. The police deal with it all the time.”
Mayor Steve Tumlin also said Milo’s Bar is on the city’s radar.
“One murder is too many,” Tumlin said.
He woke up at 6 a.m. on Thursday to the sound of helicopters.
“When I woke up, I assumed it was Milo’s, and sure enough, when I turned on the news, it was there,” Tumlin said.