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Paradise Bar changes business hours after shooting on Sunday injures two people

Published: Dec. 9, 2018 at 3:53 PM EST
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office says that two people are in serious condition after a shooting at Paradise Bar Sunday morning.

The Sheriff's Office posted on their official Facebook page, saying:

"Early this morning, deputies responded to the Paradise Bar at 13033 N. Hwy 441 in reference to a shooting. 2 people were transported to area hospitals with serious injuries. Detectives are continuing their investigation."

The Paradise Bar has been turning on its neon lights for business for more than six years in Marion County.

"I've been managing this bar going on three years now since I've taken it over, I've been trying to deal with all the bad situations,” Robin Ruffler, the bar’s general manager, said.

Ruffner says she has dealt with a few "bad situations" while managing the bar, including a bullet hitting a deputy's car in April, another bullet hitting a man's car in November and a shooting Sunday that left two people injured.

“There's no telling who's gonna be the bad seed and who is not,” she said.

Deputies say those two people are still in the hospital recovering from non-life threatening injuries.

Ruffner says she's upset to see a lot of negative feedback from the community about the bar.

"There's plenty of good people that come to paradise too that wants to come and relax and enjoy having a place to come to,” she said.

Ruffner says the bar does give back participating in charity events that benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital, but it’s not what people are saying about Paradise lately.

“Why hurt us for all these bad seeds,”Ruffler said.

Management says more security guards will be added.

The Paradise Bar hours have also been changed. it's now open from noon to 8 p-m, instead of closing after midnight.

"The way things are going in Marion County and around the world now unless we all pull together in the community, there's no way we can stop this,” Ruffner said.

No arrests have been made and deputies say they are not looking for any suspects.