Following the shooting, neighbors and area businesses were upset, scared and refused to comment on camera regarding the incident due to perceived repercussions.
After WHIZ ran those details during an earlier broadcast, the owner of Hoppys, Mike Longfellow, spoke out. He says some neighbors have hated the establishment for years, mainly because of the loud music Hoppys emits.
"I don’t want to do any harm, I have never threatened to do any harm to any of the local businesses,” Longfellow said. “And I am sad that they feel that way. But I am a realist, and if you continue to call the police about loud music, I don’t think that you are being very neighborly. It was a bar, bars have loud music. It’s just how it is."
Longfellow went on to apologize to his neighbors and reassure them he has no hard feelings. Longfellow and his father co-own Hoppys, which is no longer a bar but a private party center, which people can rent out for various functions.
"But due to this incident, I will not have anymore late night parties. If you want to have a party, it is going to have to be in the afternoon. If you want to have a benefit, most of them are in the afternoon. I just feel that late night is the devils workshop, and it allows him to work his evil, and I don’t want to be a part of it anymore," he said.
Longfellow says during it’s course Hoppys has been a private rental, he has donated the building for various benefits such as Cool Tools for School and Poker Runs for Autism. He also notes, he is sorry for the four victims, and his intention was never for anyone to get hurt, by hosting an adult birthday party.