Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013 -- 9:56 a.m.
Information from Town of Beloit Police:
On Sunday morning at approximately 1:58 AM Town of Beloit officers heard gun shots from the parking lot of the Silver Slipper Saloon (formerly the Bear Chest Bar) located at 1901 S. Wisconsin Ave. in the Town of Beloit.
Officers observed 20-30 unidentified subjects scattering on foot and in vehicles from the parking lot. Investigation showed a silver Chevrolet Impala was involved and a car matching that description was stopped by the South Beloit Police Department shortly after the shooting. Two subjects, with gunshot wounds to their legs showed up at the Beloit Memorial Hospital Emergency Room shortly after the shooting. Neither had life threatening injuries but one was taken into surgery for medical treatment. Their names are being withheld at this time pending further investigation and for their safety.
Investigation showed that one occupant of the Silver Impala, Antwann Griffin, 25-years-old, of Rockford, Illinois was one of the shooters. He is being held at the Winnebago County Jail awaiting extradition proceedings. The other occupants of the car, John Griffin, 22 years old, and Leanthony Lilly, 26 years old, both also of Rockford, were arrested for Carrying a Concealed Weapon and Disorderly Conduct respectively. They were released with court dates.
Initial findings show the incident began with threats, angry looks, and hostile gestures in the bar and when the crowd exited the bar and went to the parking lot at closing time, the incident escalated to violence.
Several other men are believed to have fired guns during the incident.
Anyone having information should contact the Town of Beloit Police Department at (608) 757-2244.
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