DEVELOPING: Two charged in shooting outside Eau Claire bar

By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email
By: WEAU 13 News Staff Email

(WEAU) - Two people are facing charges following the shooting outside an Eau Claire bar.

Online records show Rodney Craig, 36, is charged with attempted 1st degree intentional homicide as a party to a crime as well as two other charges. Shirley Heath, 32, faces a felony bail jumping charge.

The shooting happened at the Idlewild Bar around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

According to the criminal complaint, witnesses say a fight broke out inside the bar and ended up out into the parking lot. A witness told police Craig grabbed a gun from a car and fired multiple shots in the direction of the bar. The complaint says a detective found bullet fragments in the wall of the bar.

Police say nobody was reported hurt.

The complaint says Craig denies shooting a gun and says the gun fire was directed at him.

Two days later, police pulled over a vehicle matching the description of the car involved in the shooting. Craig and Heath were in the vehicle. Police also found a loaded firearm in the trunk.

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- "We hear occasional noise from people out having a good time but no trouble or anything like that," said Chris Green who lives near the Idlewild Bar in Eau Claire.

He says his Eau Claire neighborhood is usually quiet. But Saturday night, for a few moments, that calm was interrupted by several gunshots.

Chris, who never woke up to the noises, was surprised to hear about it the next day.

"You know definitely surprised, my kids don't live here but if they were here something like that would concern me," Green said.

Police say the fight started in the bar and eventually carried out to the parking lot.

"Our investigation shows these shots were fired at the people directly involved in the fight," said Lt. Matt Rokus with the Eau Claire Police Department.

Rokus says the people who got into the fight did not know each other. One of the bullets also went through an apartment window above the bar; however the person living there and those involved in the fight were not injured.

"This appears to be an isolated incident," Rokus added.

Eau Claire Police caught them during a traffic stop on Brackett Avenue yesterday. Rokus says both Rodney Craig and Shirley Heath cooperated with police.

"Doug's son called and said he saw our house on TV," said Florence Gullickson.

She and Douglas Harsh live within sight of the bar. They too were surprised to hear about the incident, but despite what happened Saturday, they are not worried about where they live.

"It's always been fairly good," Harsh added.

We did reach out to the person who lives in the apartment where the bullet went through. He did not want to talk on camera but says the bullet went through the bottom part of his window while he was sleeping.

We tried reaching out to Idlewild Bar for comment but we did not hear back.

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – Police have arrested a man and a woman in connection with a shooting at a bar last weekend.

Eau Claire Police say they arrested Rodney Craig, 36, of Eau Claire for Attempted Homicide and for being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Shirley Heath, 32, of Eau Claire for Attempted Homicide as Party to a Crime. Neither Craig nor Heath is charged in the case.

Officers say they responded to a report of a shooting at the Idlewild Bar on Malden Avenue at 1:30 a.m. Saturday. They say there was a fight inside the bar earlier in the night, which spilled out into the parking lot. One of the people fired multiple shots at several people. Nobody was hurt. It turns out at least six shots were fired at the side of the building. One bullet went into the living room area of an apartment above the bar. The suspects left before officers got to the bar.

Investigators say they recovered a gun and other evidence they say links Craig and Heath to the shooting when they were arrested. A release from the Eau Claire Police Department does not indicate when or where Craig and Heath were arrested, but the department has told us that its response to the area of Brackett Avenue and Rudolph Road on Monday afternoon is linked to its investigation of the shooting at Idlewild Bar.

Officers want anyone with information on the shooting to call the Eau Claire Police Department Detective Division.

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (EAU CLAIRE POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) - On Saturday, February 16, 2013, at 1:30 a.m., Eau Claire Police responded to a report of a shooting at the Idlewild Bar located at 999 Malden Avenue in the City of Eau Claire.

Information gathered by responding officers revealed that earlier in the night, a physical altercation occurred inside the Idlewild Bar between tavern patrons. The altercation continued outside into the bar’s parking lot where one of the individuals used a handgun to fire multiple shots at several people. No one was injured. The suspects had fled the scene prior to the officer’s arrival.

Examination of the crime scene revealed that at least six shots were fired which impacted on the side of the tavern structure. One bullet entered the living room area of an apartment located above the tavern.

Members of the Eau Claire Police Department Detective Division responded to the scene to continue the investigation. Through their investigation, detectives identified and arrested the following individuals for their involvement in the shooting incident:

Rodney L. Craig,
d.o.b. 06/17/1976
Eau Claire, WI
1. Attempted Homicide
2. Felon in Possession of a
Firearm.

Shirley H. Heath
d.o.b. 03/16/1980
Eau Claire, WI
1.Attempted Homicide, Party to the Crime

At the time of the arrest, the gun and other physical evidence linking Rodney Craig and Shirley Heath to the shooting incident were recovered.

This investigation is still ongoing and the Eau Claire Police Department is requesting anyone with any information about this crime to contact the Detective Division.

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Previous Stories:

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - ECPD says squads on Brackett connected to a weekend shooting.

On WEAU 13 News at 5, we brought you live breaking video of police cars on the scene near that intersection.

Now Eau Claire Police tell us two people are in custody connected to the shooting outside of Idle Wild bar early Saturday morning.

Officers say a fight at the bar moved to the parking lot where one person showed a gun and fired off several rounds.

No one was hurt. They say the public is not in danger.
We hope to have more information on the investigation on Tuesday morning.

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ORIGINAL SCRIPT:

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – Eau Claire Police have yet to release any details on what prompted officers to respond to the area of Rudolph Road and Brackett Avenue, but did say that the public is not in danger.

Several squad cars could be seen near that intersection in Eau Claire just before 5 p.m. Monday.

Officers told WEAU 13 News that they anticipate releasing more information later Monday night or on Tuesday.


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