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Shots fired overnight Friday into Sylvania Twp. bar, no one hit

Police are searching for the person who shot into Tommie's Sports Bar and Grille on Monroe Street at about 1 a.m. Friday.

TOWNSHIP OF SYLVANIA, Sylvania Township — Tommie's Sports Bar and Grille on Monroe Street in Sylvania Township was shot into overnight Friday.

The bar was occupied at the time of the shooting, but no one inside was hit.

One witness was outside when the shooting occurred. He ran from the scene as soon as he heard the shots, he said.

When police arrived in response to shots fired at the scene, they saw the glass on the front doors shattered and dozens of bullet casings scattered across the parking lot.

A Bed Bath & Beyond nearby was also damaged in the shooting with bullet holes in the glass.

Owner Tommy Tolbert said he feared for the lives of people who were inside the bar at the time of the shooting.

"To come and see glass shattered and people in a frenzy, thinking someone was hurt and not knowing what was going on, I was blindsided," he said. "I'm glad everyone is okay, to know that we can replace glass, but we can not replace someone's life." 

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sylvania Township Police Department at 419-882-2055.

Multiple agencies responded to the scene, including the Sylvania Police Department, Toledo Police Department and Ohio State Highway Patrol responded to the scene.

According to a Facebook post from co-owner and former lightweight boxer Robert Easter Jr., the bar was hosting an event called "Hell Cats and Scats Thirsty Thursday" the night before the overnight shooting.

He won the International Boxing Federation championship in 2016 and 2018. He was also named an alternate on the 2012 U.S. Olympic boxing team.

In 2021, Easter was found guilty of punching a 28-year-old woman and knocking her unconscious at a strip club, which he later received probation for.

In February of 2022, he was shot three times and robbed in Cincinnati.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information is learned.

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