Valdosta - A night of fun at "The House" bar turned deadly for 30-year-old James Rowe Junior. "They began arguing at the bar, it led outside across the street, turned into a physical altercation, and Mr. Nelson shot Mr. Rowe," said Commander Steven Heaton.
Fifty-three year old Alvin Nelson shot Rowe once in the chest with a .32 caliber pistol. "He's charged with murder, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of a firearm during a crime," said Heaton.
This is the second incident police have responded to at The House in less than a week. Last Tuesday, a man was stabbed several times while sitting inside at the bar, but luckily, he wasn't seriously injured.
The bar is located on South Patterson Street, in what police call a "weed and seed" area. "We try to 'weed' out the bad and put in 'seeds,' which are federally funded programs to try to reduce crime, substandard housing, and other problems in that area," said Heaton.
Betty McCrae lives across the street from The House, and says she doesn't want her grandchildren anywhere near the bar. "No, I do not. I've never liked them being over there but that's where they want to hang out," said McCrae.
Commander Heaton says police are constantly patrolling the streets around The House. The department is taking a close look at why crime in the area is on the rise, and ways to reduce the deadly statistics.