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Updated: 5:59 p.m. Monday, May 14, 2012 | Posted: 11:25 a.m. Monday, May 7, 2012
LARIMER, Pa. —
Police continue investigating a shooting that killed a 20-year-old Clarion University student early Sunday morning. Donte Hawkins was home for the summer from college and went to Trapper's Club in Larimer Saturday night. According to police, Hawkins was fatally shot outside the club. Authorities said another man was shot inside the club. The second victim is in critical condition at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. His name has not been released. Hawkins' mother, Monica Hawkins, said she plans on getting the club shut down. "My son will never come home and say, 'Mom, I'm home from college,' or 'I love you,'" Hawkins said. "I'll never get those texts again." Ronald Parrotte lives near the club and said he's never thought it was safe. "It's called 'the trap' for one reason," Parrotte said. "There is one way in and one way out." Management from the club told Channel 11's Vince Sims that there are signs all over the club alerting patrons of the 32 security cameras they have inside and outside. District Attorney Steve Zappala Jr. said the video feed has been used to identify the suspects in the shootings. Zappala said two alleged gunmen will soon find themselves behind bars. Club officials said they have eight to 10 bouncers inside the club to control the crowd, as well as more than 15 security guards outside. According to club management, one must show ID, go through a metal detector and get physically patted down to enter the club. There is another sign that says, "Anyone caught trying to sneak a gun in is prosecuted by club owners." Sources told Sims that more than a dozen people faced legal action for violating the gun rules at the club last year. Club officials said they're considering changing some of their procedures, like making the age limit 25 and older and only allowing members inside. Zappala said he shut down the bar in 2006 when it was called Travellers for violating a nuisance law. Through license transfer in 2009, the bar has been able to operate as Trapper's. Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact police.
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