Restaurant owners at “The Docks” speak out after July 4th shooting

Published: Jul. 5, 2022 at 11:41 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2022 at 7:41 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - According to a Toledo Police Department report, hundreds of people fled from the Kobe Bay restaurant at The Docks in downtown Toledo after a shooting in the early hours of the 4th of July holiday, but the manager of the bar/ restaurant, Torrence Pullum, told 13abc, this report isn’t 100 percent accurate.

The police report states, that officers responded to the scene around 2:30 a.m. on Monday after hearing gunshots and receiving 911 calls. Crews arrived to find hundreds of people leaving Kobe Bay.

Officers found bullet holes inside the restaurant and saw that multiple vehicles were shot. No one was injured.

TPD did not make any arrests in the case at this time and did not publicly identify any suspects. Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Pullum said that, for one, Kobe Bay is no longer its name.

“We’re called The Bay. There’s been no Kobe Bay sign up here for a while,” said Pullum.

He added that the place closes around 1:30 a.m.

“It happened about 2:30. We close here at 1:40. We get everybody out of here at 1:40,” Pullum said. “The police came here and said the shootings came from inside, well we were never open for the shootings to come from inside. If you look, you can see the bullet came from the outside and through our front door.”

The owner of The Bay, William Li, and the owner of El Vaquero, another restaurant at The Docks, told 13abc that people have been hanging out in the back parking lots way past closing time.

“We see a lot of people party in the park late. I don’t know like 2 o’clock in the morning is what I hear,” said El Vaquero owner, Luis Melendez. “They come and drink in the parking lot and then get out of control there a little bit.”

We asked TPD if it has ever received complaints about this, and Field Operations and Community Services said they have not had any issues reported to them.

Li and Melendez said they have never contacted the police about the parking lot issues before the shooting, but as the problem worsens, they are asking TPD for help.

“We need a light,” said Li.

“It would help if police just rode through sometimes and cleared them out,” said Pullum.

“We need help making sure nobody is partying there after hours. We close the restaurant at 11:00, so nobody should be there drinking in the parking lot,” Melendez said.

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