A Saturday shooting near OT Tavern on Lower Greenville has neighbors urging city leaders to take action toward what they consider a pattern of ongoing violence near the bar.

Neighbors have complained about noise, overcrowding, parking and violence for years, but the shooting is the latest incident.

Officers responded at 1:05 a.m. Saturday to the 3600 block of Greenville Ave. They found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound. She was taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

She told officers that an unknown person in a sedan fired at her vehicle. Many neighbors said on social media that stray bullets hit their cars and homes.

Prior to Saturday’s shooting, District 14 Councilman David Blewett requested that the tavern hire off-duty police officers and comply with Dallas Fire-Rescue occupancy checks. The tavern agreed to both requests.

Grievances against the establishment waned somewhat while bars were shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. In August, OT Tavern reclassified as a restaurant and reopened under new Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission rules.

“Complaints go way back,” Blewett said. “The shooting just brought it back to the front of our minds.”

Blewett has contacted city leaders, including his predecessor Philip Kingston, and is working with Dallas police and Dallas Fire-Rescue to ensure businesses in our neighborhood follow code and operate in a safe manner, he said.

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