Liquor Authority suspends River Street Pub license following shooting

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The New York State Liquor Authority announced Wednesday that it is suspending River Street Pub’s license following a shooting earlier this month.

Effective immediately, no alcohol is permitted to be sold or consumed on the premises. 

According to the Authority, on January 22, at approximately 1 a.m., officers were called to St. Mary’s Urgent Care in response to a victim that sustained a gunshot wound to his stomach and leg. Two people interviewed by police stated that shooting happened inside the pub. 

Police immediately responded and found the doors locked with patrons still inside. The Authority says when officers tried to enter from the back of the building, an employee outside ignored police orders by going back inside and locking the door so officers could not enter. 

A second employee, later identified as owner Vincenzo Pellicano, came out the back door about a minute later and complied with officers’ instructions.

After investigating, the Authority says officers discovered a shell casing on the floor inside the bar indicating that the shooting happened inside the pub.

The Authority says police also noted a strong smell of bleach near a pool table that appeared to have been recently washed down.

“Not only did this owner fail to report this serious incident to police, he also denied the shooting took place and deliberately attempted to conceal evidence,”said Counsel to the Authority Christopher R. Riano.  “Licensees have an obligation to their patrons and their community to work with police when incidents like this occur, and I thank our partners with the Troy Police and the members of the Authority for immediately shutting down this establishment.”

This isn’t the first time the pub has faced fines from the Authority.

In December 2014, the River Street Pub was fined $2,000 for charges relating to a slashing assault that occurred outside the bar.

In March 2016, the pub was issued a formal “Letter of Advice” from the Authority regarding operating a disorderly premise and selling to a visibly intoxicated person.

State law allows the agency to suspend a license when it finds that public health, safety, or welfare requires emergency action.

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