Hollywood Lounge to reopen after a shooting prompted liquor license suspension


Carbondale City Hall (Jacob Wiegand | @jawiegandphoto)

By Cory Ray

Bobby McBride, owner of The Hollywood Lounge in Carbondale, was pleased his bar can operate again after a shooting prompted the city to suspend its liquor license.

“I’m a struggling business owner doing the best I can do,” he said. “You got a lot of good people that come in. You got one fool that came in there and did that.”

The shooting occurred around 1:40 a.m. on July 9 at the Hollywood Lounge located on 104 West Jackson St.


On July 11, the city suspended the bar’s license.

McBride said the incident was a one time occurrence but said he will strengthen his security.

“I’m going to upgrade my security,” he said. “I sure don’t want anybody to get hurt.”

Jonathan Moore, 32 of Carbondale, was arrested and charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, but he has not been charged in connection with the shooting, according to a press release from the Carbondale Police Department.

Carbondale police were patrolling the are when they heard gunshots coming from inside the bar, the release said.

15 minutes following the shooting, a victim arrived at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro.

McBride said violence is an issue that exists everywhere and issued a warning to other business owners that have the potential to see the same acts of violence.


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