Providence sports bar allowed to reopen after weekend shooting


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Providence Board of Licenses has determined the Harris Avenue sports bar where a man was shot over the weekend was not at fault.

Sports Tap was ordered to temporarily close over the weekend after a man was shot several times while leaving the bar.

Police said the victim and his cousin were walking out early Sunday morning when an unidentified suspect began firing in their direction.

The 43-year-old was hit four times, according to police, but he’s expected to be OK.

The bar has been closed ever since the shooting as the Providence Board of Licenses reviewed the facts. But Chairman Dylan Conley tells 12 that, as of Wednesday, Sports Tap is allowed to reopen.

“The city has not seen anything to indicate that they are in any way at fault for the incident,” Conley explained.

While the bar can reopen, Conley said the business has decided to remain closed through the weekend.

“That’s completely of their own volition,” he added.

The shooting remains under investigation at this time. Police are still trying to track down the suspect based on surveillance footage provided by the bar’s owner.

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